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John Tyler Community College’s EMS Program Recognizes Outstanding Program Partners

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

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Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on March 14, 2018

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Partnerships play a vital role in student success at John Tyler Community College. Each day, the college works with business and industry; community and statewide organizations; K-12 systems; four-year colleges and universities; and all levels of government to ensure Tyler’s students have the opportunity to build pathways to successful careers and futures.

Earlier this semester, Tyler’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program honored its outstanding community partners who work hand-in-hand with the college’s faculty and staff to train future emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the field and in clinical locations. The awards, presented at the Tyler EMS Program’s First Annual Preceptor Awards Ceremony, were based on nominations and reviews from students who completed over 5,200 clinical and field hours last year. The award recipients were:

EMS Preceptor of the Year

Joey Hammack, NRP, Colonial Heights Fire and EMS

Outstanding Clinical Site

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

Outstanding Field Site

Colonial Heights Fire and EMS

Also recognized for their outstanding performance and dedication as clinical and field preceptors for Tyler were Savanna Hartbarger, NRP, RN, St. Francis Medical Center and Krystle Hester, NRP, Colonial Heights Fire and EMS.

“Faculty teach students every day, and without question spend the most time with students,” says Daniel Linkins, assistant professor of Emergency Medical Services at Tyler. “However, it is the field preceptors that take the principles we teach and show students how to apply them in real-life situations. Without question, it is the clinical and field preceptors who have the greatest impact in mentoring students and shaping the type of provider the student will become. Their contributions are invaluable in the success of any EMS program, and most preceptors offer this service with no additional compensation. In field experiences, students will find life-long mentors and will spend the rest of their careers trying to achieve the level of excellence that they witness.”

All who were recognized received certificates of appreciation. Joey Hammack, Preceptor of the Year, was also presented with an Eko Core digital stethoscope, which is capable of amplifying heart/lung sounds and streaming/recording them for teaching purposes. 

John Tyler Community College offers more than 60 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, a Nursing Education Center, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 13,900 students during the 2016-17 academic year. It also assisted nearly 6,000 learners and more than 200 companies and organizations through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance. 

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