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Real-world practice: Banner Health donates ambulance to Aims

Robert Willits, an Emergency Medical Services teacher at Aims Community College, remembers having to use his imagination in the classroom when he was training to be an emergency medical responder.

About 25 years ago, Willits said students in an EMS program would have to practice real-life scenarios in the classroom, rather than in a moving vehicle, which made being prepared for work a challenge.

Now, he and other teachers at Aims can utilize technology students will be working with on the job, in part thanks to an ambulance donated to the Aims Community College Foundation from NCMC Inc. and Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center Paramedic Services.

"It will help students prepare to serve the health needs of community members, hopefully right here in northern Colorado," said Banner Health Northern Colorado CEO Margo Karsten in a news release from the college.

The ambulance will help students practice starting an IV and take vitals while in a moving ambulance, while learning how to use newer technology like a stretcher that automatically lifts a patient into an ambulance.

Mitch Wagy, an assistant chief with NCMC Inc. and Banner Health, said the new technology protects patients being transported, because the bed is secure, and EMS personnel who no longer have to lift the bed and risk a back injury.

According to the release, NCMC Inc. and Banner Health have provided $260,400 in support of Aims' health-care programs.

Aims EMS students Hannah Howard and Travis Hansen said they are grateful for the added opportunity to train in an ambulance.

"The classroom is no substitute for real-world practice," Hansen said.

Aims Community College

For more information about Aims Community College, visit aims.edu, or to learn more about the college’s Emergency Medical Services program, visit aims.edu/academic/ems.

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NCMC and Banner Health

To learn more about Banner Health, visit bannerhealth.com, or for more information about Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley visit bannerhealth.com/NCMC.