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January 07, 2013

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Paramedic Student Delivers Baby During Training

Paramedic Student Delivers Baby During Training

Cary Strosnider, a student in the paramedic program at the Roanoke Valley Campus, recently had an opportunity to practice his emergency medical training in a real-life emergency situation. He was working for the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Station #9 for his Advanced Life Support Preceptorship class when his EMS crew was dispatched to a residence in response to a female complaining of abdominal pain.

Upon arrival, Cary examined the woman who explained that she was pregnant with her third child and her water had broken. He quickly determined that delivery was imminent and informed the mother-to-be that there was no time to get to the hospital. He had to put his emergency medical training to use and deliver her baby at her home. That baby was born in good health and weighed over seven pounds.

Cary, who was proud of his ability to handle this emergency situation, cared for both mother and baby en route to the hospital. Paramedic Ron Stone, Cary’s field training officer, said that Cary did an excellent job handling this unusual call and needed no assistance throughout the delivery.

The EMS crew was excited to be a part of bringing life to the world as they don’t often get calls to handle childbirth. Cary was also excited to be a part of such an occurrence as a student in training. He credits his National College instructors for preparing him for just such an unexpected situation.

Student Cary Strosnider is pictured on the right with his field training officer Ron Stone at the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Station #9.

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Externship Site of 12 Phlebotomy Students Recognized

Externship Site of 12 Phlebotomy Students Recognized

Since the phlebotomy certification program started at the Akron Area Campus, LabCare Plus has provided externship positions for 12 students. LabCare Plus is an outpatient diagnostic lab with several sites located throughout the Akron area. They offer careers for certified phlebotomists and have provided valuable experience for American National University students preparing for a career in this area.

On behalf of American National University, students Holly Curtis, Cathy Waddle, and Shannon Boak, along with Director of Health Care Education Debra Tymcio, recently presented a plaque of recognition to Carla Davenport, LabCare satellite operations supervisor honoring LabCare as a Distinguished Community Employer.

“This partnership is vital to the success of our phlebotomy program,” explained Debra. “They are instrumental to training and building confidence in our students. We greatly appreciate the support LabCare Plus has provided to the students and the program.”

Debra Tymico (left) is pictured with students Holly Curtis, Cathy Waddle, and Shannon Boak presenting a plaque of appreciation to Carla Davenport (center), LabCare satellite operations supervisor.

Campus-Wide Effort to Support Local Charity

Campus-Wide Effort to Support Local Charity

Like many National College campuses, the Martinsville Campus held a food collection drive during the holidays to help needy families in the community. Organized by Student Activities Coordinator Lisa Kendrick, collection bins were placed in the library and student lounge during a two-week time frame. Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to participate in this worthy cause that would benefit the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

Student Jeannie Patterson (left) and Lisa Kendrick (right) are pictured arranging the donated food items in preparation for delivery to the Salvation Army.

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