CEO Update
Regional Paramedic Program Begins
The Regional Paramedic Program Class kicked off on Tuesday this week. Thanks to our distance-learning capacity, the 14-month program will host 12 students here at our main Training Center in Olean and nine at the ALSTAR EMS Training Center in Jamestown. This is now the third Regional Paramedic Program that has used videoconferencing technology to reach more trainees across our catchment. This virtually eliminates distance as a barrier to opportunities for training.
 
I’d like to thank the Regional Paramedic Program staff. Medical Director Dr. Brian Walters, faculty Phil Wilson, Todd Reisner, Tim Richardson and Mickey Forness, and intern Brian Wilcox each will put in long hours between now and next year when our trainees become certified as paramedics. Their collective experience and expertise ensures our graduates leave with the skills needed to work at their best in the field.
Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group
I helped organize an EMS focus group Monday, Jan. 7 for the ongoing Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which is being administered by the Cattaraugus County Health Department and Olean General Hospital. This was an excellent opportunity to help identify current realities in local EMS and begin prioritizing solutions to better serve our rural residents.
 
I’d like to thank all of our EMS participants for lending their views and experiences.
Responses from focus groups like these, across a range of health care disciplines, will soon be compiled for the development of the county’s new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The results will be announced within the next few months. I’m honored to again be participating on the Steering Committee for this process to help establish a future vision for local health care.
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