Saturday, February 24, 2007

Louisville EMS & Spalding University Partner to Train Paramedics

Spalding University, Louisville Metro EMS announce new associate degree program for paramedics

Spalding University and Louisville Metro Government today announced a new degree program to train and advance the careers of paramedics. At a news conference at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center, university and city officials said the associate degree of applied science in paramedical medicine will enhance prehospital emergency-medical services in Louisville and will help address the current national shortage of paramedics.

Louisville Metro EMS worked with Spalding’s School of Nursing to develop the curriculum, which includes courses in anatomy and physiology, ethics, communication, and liberal studies, in addition to paramedic certification.

The program is primarily geared toward individuals who hold Kentucky certification as basic-life support emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and who wish to progress to advanced-life support National Registry paramedic certification while pursuing an associate’s degree. Current paramedics with National Registry certification and a minimum of six months full-time paramedic experience over the past two years also may apply. All applicants must meet Spalding’s admission requirements.

Mayor Jerry Abramson said the Spalding degree program supports the city’s ongoing efforts to build a responsive, medically focused EMS system. "This is an outstanding partnership that will raise the level of education for paramedics in our region, elevate the care our professionals provide to citizens, and accelerate the career paths of our employees," Abramson said.

Louisville Metro EMS, through the city’s tuition-reimbursement program, will reimburse a portion of the program costs for Louisville EMTs who complete the degree program and become Louisville paramedics. The starting pay for a Louisville paramedic is $30,700.

"This program is an excellent example of a collaborative effort between Spalding University and Metro Government that we expect will serve as a model for future initiatives that support our community," said Spalding President Dr. Jo Ann Rooney. "Not only will the citizens in our community receive a direct benefit through the enhanced critical health care skills that will be available, but we are also strengthening the education of our future health care workers and leaders."

The paramedic certification portion of the program consists of 27 credit hours, with both classroom and clinical components. The general studies portion required to earn the associate degree consists of 35 credit hours available at Spalding through traditional sessions or through the adult accelerated program, which offers classes on nights and weekends.

"We want to ensure that Louisville has paramedics who can think critically," said Dr. Marilyn Musacchio, chair of Spalding’s School of Nursing. "By increasing their ability to reason through critical thinking, they are going to be more effective and will remain paramedics for a longer period of time."

Louisville EMS chief executive officer Dr. Neal Richmond approached Spalding with the idea for a degree program shortly after coming to Louisville last year from New York City to lead the creation of a merged EMS agency. The community-wide EMS was created by combining the former Jefferson County EMS with the EMS bureau of the Louisville Fire Department.

"After we merged the EMS systems, we turned our attention to training, education and a variety of skills-enhancement programs – both to improve the service we provide our patients, and to bring more depth to our already expert team of EMTs and paramedics," Richmond said. "Spalding really welcomed the opportunity to partner with us, and to expand their student offerings with a program to make a positive difference in how lives are saved in Louisville."

Richmond, an emergency-room physician and former deputy medical director of the New York City Fire Department, said the associate degree would be especially valuable to emergency medical professionals wishing to advance to supervisory or management positions.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


The Communication Program at Spalding University was founded in 1972 by Sr. Mary Ransom Burke as the Communication Arts Program. Full-time faculty members in the first years of the program included Sr. Mary Christopher Baseheart and Sr. Miriam Corcoran, along with a part-time faculty that included Carl Bramel and others. In the early years of the program the primary emphasis of the undergraduate courses was on broadcasting and film studies. The earliest graduates of the program were George Ann Berry '75, JoAnne Hohman '75, and Jewell Duke '75.
By the end of the 1970s Professor Iverson Warinner had been hired to redesign and revise the program and, by the early 1980s, theatre, film, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and general communication emphases were available. The first graduates under this new program were Janet Lynn Bogusz '84, Cynthia Marie Bridwell '84, Jose Eduardo Buitrago '84, Liusa Marie Essenprreis '84, Kathleen Ellen Goode '84, Sherry Gale Holt '84, Jean M. Horn '84, Christina Dawn Lindquist '84, Franklin Ray Lloyd, Jr. '84, Geoffrey Todd Schackert '84, Rick A. Shrout '84, and Ronna Rene Zinser '84. A few years later the first graduates of the Weekend College major in Communications included Anita Miles Cary '86 and Debra M. Harley '86.
Professor Warinner would remain in charge of the program until 1997, and, during his leadership, the program grew dramatically. By 1986 the Communication Program, which had been renamed again, had a general communication track and an organizational communication track, and the program had 75 majors, with a substantial number of those students in the Weekend College program of Spalding University. A mandatory internship for all Communication students was required. Full-time faculty during the 1980s and 1990s included Dr. Judy McCormick, Dr. Leigh Anne Howard, and Dr. Lori Byers, and the part-time faculty included Charlotte Hammett Hubrich and Eddie Kennedy.
From 1997-2000 Dr. Leigh Anne Howard was the director of what was by then the Communication Studies Program, which included two other full-time faculty members, Professor Warinner and Dr. Lori Byers. During this time an external review of the program was completed by Dr. Raymie McKerrow of Ohio University, and the undergraduate major was revised to include a general communication track and a professional communication track. After the departure of Dr. Howard and Dr. Byers in 2000, Professor Warinner became program director for one year, in 2000-2001. By 2001 there were over 100 majors in Communication Studies, with those majors divided evenly between the Day and Weekend Colleges. In addition to Charlotte Hammett Hubrich and Eddie Kennedy, the part-time faculty by this time included Merle Bachman, Megan Burnett, Sylvia Bruton, and Winnie Spitza.
In recognition of the growth of the Communication Studies major, the Department of Communication Studies was created in August 2001. (Previously the Communication Studies Program had been part of the Department of Humanities.) Dr. Brian McGee was the chair of the new department, and Dr. Deborah Socha McGee also joined the faculty. In Spring 2003 the most significant restructuring of the university in several decades led to the creation of the College of Business and Communication, beginning with the 2003-2004 academic year. This college, composed of the School of Business and the School of Communication, enrolled over half of the undergraduate students of the university in its accounting, business administration, and communication majors. Dr. Brian McGee served as chair of the School of Communication from 2003-2004, with Dr. Deborah Socha McGee and Professor Iverson Warinner continuing as full-time members of the School of Communication faculty. An interdisciplinary master's degree in Business Communication, jointly sponsored by the School of Business and the School of Communication, was first offered in the 2003-2004 academic year. Following the departure of Dr. Brian McGee and Dr. Deborah Socha McGee in 2004, Professor Jeffrey Bile and Ms. Melissa Chastain joined the COM faculty.
Today, Communication remains one of the largest undergraduate majors at Spalding University. The school's graduates have a strong placement record and a distinguished tradition of local, national, and international service. Also, the school continues to offer courses in Theatre Arts and has sponsored popular Theatre Arts travel courses to New York City.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

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