CEO Update

Paramedic Program

We held a Regional Paramedic Program faculty meeting this week to discuss the 2016 class. The program, going into its third year, already has a long list of EMS providers who would like to enroll for the upcoming session. To ensure EMS providers are ready for the course, we’ve begun vetting prospective students to ensure they have the qualifications and experience to enroll and complete the course. The class will begin in April. If you or someone you know is interested in registering for the Regional Paramedic Program class, please email or call (716) 372-0614. Word about the class has spread throughout the regional EMS community. EMS providers are attracted to the class because they can take the course in Olean or Jamestown due to our use of distance learning technology. Paramedic Program faculty members include Dr. Brian Walters, Phil Wilson, Todd Reisner, Mickey Forness, Tim Richardson, Rob Pritchard and Susan Lananger. Words can't express how lucky we are to have such dedicated EMS instructors who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with Paramedic Program students.

Enough is Enough

I attended a community meeting at Alfred State this week to discuss New York’s Enough is Enough Law which is designed to stop sexual abuse on college campuses. I shared with the group the services provided by our Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program and our efforts to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault. I also explained how we work with law enforcement agencies and make sure victims receive trauma-focused treatment. Other organizations represented at the meeting included the New York State Police, the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office, Alfred University, Alfred State, Houghton College, the Town of Alfred and Community Action. State officials are visiting campuses across New York to support Enough is Enough. I also attended an event last Friday at St. Bonaventure University during which Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul talked about the new law and how we can support it. I’m happy to say we’ve been ahead of the curve in addressing this issue with our community partners. We’ve been working with area colleges and universities for several years through our SAFE program to stop campus sexual assault.

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Paramedic Program
Enough is Enough

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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