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 Ambulance Simulator Drives Health Science at East

5/10/2019 12:00 AM

​Rockford is known for servicing patients with the most emergency calls in the state outside Chicago. First responders in our area are known for their level of accreditation and certifications. Next year they can add the fact that a local high school is playing its part in supporting Emergency Medical response initiatives. 

On April 23 East High School became the first high school in Northern Illinois to have its own Ambulance Simulator. The simulator is a life-like ambulance lab in the classroom. It allows teachers to work in real-life situations with students interested in Emergency Medical careers. The simulator will connect with curriculum from our medical terminology course and Emergency Medical Responder certifications that students participate in an after-school program with OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. The hope in the future is to add an Emergency Medical Technician certification that connects students to a full-time career in fire science and/or medical EMT positions upon graduation. 

The Ambulance Simulator was purchased through CEANCI (Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois) as a part of the Federal Perkins Grant program. East High School will celebrate the release of the new equipment with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on May 14. Those in attendance will include Superintendent Ehren Jarrett, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, Bridget French, representatives from SwedishAmerican, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, the Rockford Fire Department and the Health Science Academy staff at East High School. 

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