Sunday, September 16, 2007

Phelps Hospital EMS Training Center

Today, I started my Paramedic Refresher at Phelps Hospital.

I haven't been to Phelps in a while, but when I pulled in, WOW! A whole new building and parking structure had been built.

Inside the brand new building, is a brand new, spacious, amentiy loaded EMS training center. It was really amazing, one of the nicest EMS facilities I've ever seen. Everything is BRAND new, it has several classrooms loaded to the gills with the latest in A/V equipment, several simulation labs, including an ambulance simulator being handcrafted currently by Phelps EMS Training Director Jeff Meade. There's also a cadaver lab! The manequins you can perform a complete interactive ACLS scenario or many other simulated situations utililizing real equipment on.

Now, if only Phelps Hospital started offering their own, daytime Paramedic program. It would be a tremendous asset to those wanting to become Paramedics in the Hudson Valley area.

There's an open house September 29th, I HIGHLY reccomend to all in the EMS Community to go and check it out! You'll never want to get your EMS Education elsehwere.

On Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 1-4 pm, the public is invited to celebrate
the official opening of the new 100,000 square-foot Medical Services Building at
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow.

Speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony begin at 1:30 pm, followed by tours of the $10 million building in which several of the hospital's busiest services will be located. Of special interest are the Frank and Lisina Hoch Center for Emergency Education and the Outpatient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department.

The opening event includes fire engines and ambulances that young visitors can explore and light refreshments for all. Residents of the entire area served by Phelps, as well as emergency medical personnel from the surrounding region, are encouraged to come see how Phelps is growing to better serve the community.

Phelps' Emergency Training Center was originally established two decades ago and has provided nearly 30,000 training sessions to emergency first responders
throughout Westchester County and beyond. In the new 7,000 square-foot Frank and Lisina Hoch Center for Emergency Education, EMTs, firefighters and healthcare
providers will have access to the same type of simulation technologies that
pilots use to build critical emergency experience.For example, one training room
is the actual interior of an ambulance where EMTs treat life-like computerized
mannequins programmed to display physical symptoms such as constricted airways, rise and fall of the chest, and breath sounds. The "patient" responds to the
treatment administered, giving the student immediate feedback as to whether the
treatment was correct. "Just as an airline pilot learns to handle emergencies in
the air by training on a flight simulator," explains Jeff Meade, Director of the
Center, "students and practitioners at our Center can learn how to safely handle
crises they may not see every day. When they do see these situations, they will
know exactly how to respond because they have trained for them on the simulator.
Ultimately this type of training will save lives."

The new Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department offers outpatients physical and occupational therapy in a spacious, state-of-the-art facility. Exercise equipment is surrounded by a carpeted "track," and there are large private treatment rooms
for therapy sessions. Patients recovering from stroke are able to practice
activities of daily living in an "apartment" that includes a true-to-life
kitchen and bathroom with handicapped features. The new facility features the
Kathryn W. Davis Therapeutic Pool and Aquatherapy Center, which adds a new
dimension to the rehab service at Phelps.

Other services that will find a new home in the building include the Wound Healing Institute, IV Infusion Center, Diabetes and Endocrine Center for Children & Young Adults, Phelps Counseling Center and Blood Donor Services.A further cause for celebration is the opening of a new 750-space parking garage. Phelps is able to offer patients and visitors plenty of parking - and it's free!