SWEDISHAMERICAN TO OFFER FALL PARAMEDIC CLASSES

Rockford, Illinois – SwedishAmerican’s Hospital EMS System Paramedic Program is pleased to offer two paramedic classes this fall open to the public.

The classes begin in August and will be offered in both Rockford and Sterling. Students must be high school graduates who hold a current EMT-Basic license from Illinois Department of Public Health to enroll.

“Our paramedic program became the second accredited program in Illinois in 2012,” said Richard Robinson, EMS Coordinator for SwedishAmerican. “We take the responsibilities of accreditation seriously and our results show it, with 92 percent of our students finding employment as a paramedic following graduation.”

Interested applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session in order to be considered for the class. The orientation sessions are held in July and will include a detailed explanation of the program, completion of the Nelson Denny Reading Test, background check and interview with course instructors.

Orientation session sites are the CGH Medical Center EMS Office (100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling) and the SwedishAmerican EMS Office (4120 Charles Street, Rockford). Session options are:

July 1, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at CGH EMS Office, Sterling

July 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SwedishAmerican EMS Office, Rockford

July 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SwedishAmerican EMS Office, Rockford

July 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at CGH EMS Office, Sterling

July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SwedishAmerican EMS Office, Rockford

All applicants must call 779-696-6082 to sign up for the orientation session. The application due date is July 19.

The year-long program is accredited by the Joint Commission, which addresses hospital performance in specific areas and specifies requirements to ensure that patient care is provided in a safe manner and in a secure environment.

For more information about the SwedishAmerican Hospital EMS System, visit swedesems.com.

About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Visit swedishamerican.org for more information.

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