SouthArk News

02-16-2010 SouthArk EMS Program Receives Grants

The South Arkansas Community College emergency medical services program has been awarded two grants from the Arkansas Department of Health that total nearly $10,000.

The first grant is provided to all participating advanced-level training sites under the Medicare Rural Hospital Grant Program. The MRHG funds total $4,190 and are divided into advanced training equipment purchases and paramedic scholarships.

The second grant provides $5,462 for the initial training of basic emergency medicine students and is funded by the Arkansas Trauma System.

“In working to pass legislation establishing a statewide trauma system, one immediate need that was identified was the shortage of EMTs and paramedics across the state,” SouthArk EMS program director Ken Kelley said. “With the funding provided under these grants, SouthArk will be able to continue our efforts to supply highly-trained, well-qualified EMS personnel throughout the service area. For our students, this opens the door for career opportunities in emergency medical services.”

Kelley is a member of the Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council.

SouthArk’s state-defined service area includes Ashley, Union, Bradley and Chicot Counties.

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PHOTO: SouthArk emergency medicine program director Ken Kelley, far right, demonstrates with a volunteer “victim” how to use an automatic external defibrillator recently.