Regional Coordination Center Continues History of Excellence! 

Oct 16
2009

The Methodist Hospitals Paramedic Education Program has received accreditation through The Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Accreditation represents a method to ensure the students and the community that an educational program meets uniform, nationally accepted standards. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded Accreditation to the Emergency Medical Services Programs in 2004. Methodist Hospitals is currently the only hospital in Northwest Indiana that has maintained national accreditation following the guidelines established by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.This accreditation is a result of the professionalism and high standards held by our RCC.

For over 25 years, the hospital's Regional Coordination Center for Emergency Medical Services has provided training programs for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics over a seven-county area, including continuing education programs for national certification. The Center also actively participates in planning for the management and prevention of disasters countywide.

In 1973, Methodist responded to the Gary Fire Department's need for EMS training as they assumed responsibility for ambulance service. Under the guidance and medical direction of Dr. Dave E. Ross and Sherry Burger MSN, the first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class graduated in June 1975.

By 1976, the governor of the State of Indiana designated Methodist as Regional Coordinating Center for a seven-county area serving Northwest Indiana: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Stark, Jasper, Pulaski, and Newton. The RCC was accredited by the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (ISEMA). EMS providers throughout Northwest Indiana have received specialized training in Basic and Advanced Life Support techniques as a result of the RCC and The Methodist Hospital’s staff education offered programs.

Caption for photo: Emery Garwick, EMTP, State Primary Instructor, Yvonne Rodriguez, B.S., EMTP, Program Instructor and Joseph Paunicka, BS, EMTP, Program Director pictured in front of training site for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics at Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus.

For more information or to interview/photograph Methodist Hospital employees, please contact me, my contact information is located below.

Amber Raza
Marketing and Corporate Communications
P: 219.886.4474
F: 219.886.4592
E: araza@methodisthospitals.org

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