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Morris Area EMT students train at Hennepin County Medical Center

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MORRIS – Students from the Morris Area High School Emergency Medical Technician class had an opportunity to visit Hennepin County Medical Center to participate in high fidelity simulated training scenarios in the HCMC “Sim-Center.”

Students also learned more about the various careers available in the medical fields and toured various departments at HCMC including hyperbaric medicine and Poison Control Center. Students attending included Eric Staebler, Maddie Richardson, Trent Ostby, Emma Zosel, Matthew Vinson, Dalton Uphoff, Lindsay Flogstad, Carlie Zimmel and Nick Boots. Instructors for the class are Josh Fischer and Jessica Velde.

Now in its 25th year, the Emergency Care program at MAHS is provided through the Stevens County Ambulance Service EMS Education department. The program provides students with valuable medical education, as well as college credit through a partnership with Ridgewater College. The program has educated over 500 students since its inception, with over half of those students going on to careers in the healthcare field, many returning to rural areas.

“With rural healthcare sustainability continuing to be a topic of discussion, we are fortunate to be able to offer these students a launching pad into the medical field,” said Fischer, who also serves as director of the Stevens County Ambulance Service.

“It is a great benefit to the students individually, and also has proven to bring high quality medical professionals back to our rural areas to practice,” he continued. “Being able to partner with HCMC to provide the students with opportunities like this is a great way to expose them to some of the options they have as they go on to pursue careers in healthcare and other fields.”

For more information about the MAHS Emergency Care program, contact the Stevens County EMS Education Department at 320-589-7421.