The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

VW independent/submitted information

GREENVILLE — Spirit Medical Transport LLC has awarded nine EMT scholarships to individuals, including one Van Wert resident, living in its western Ohio and Indiana region.

Van Wert resident Cassandra Martinez was one of nine people who received EMT scholarships from Spirit Medical LLC. photo provided

Among those awarded scholarships were Elizabeth Allen of Rossburg; Jamee Blankenship of New Madison; Jessica Garrett of Greenville; Misty Howell of New Madison; Kristen Lindsey of Arcanum; Cassandra Martinez of Van Wert; Stephanie Pascal of Union City, Indiana; Tyler Pratt of Urbana; and Ericka Slezak of Kettering.

Citing a lack of well-qualified EMTs available in the area, Spirit began awarding scholarships last August to qualifying individuals. In November, 14 EMTs graduated from the company’s first-ever sponsored EMT class. In late November, the business began accepting applications for classes that started in late January.

Brian K. Hathaway, president/CEO of Spirit Medical Transport LLC, said he is pleased with the quality of applicants applying for the scholarships.

The final selection process includes evaluation of professional standards, including dependability, responsibility, and exceptional customer service skills.

“As partners in healthcare with other local hospitals and nursing facilities, we are vested in selecting people who have the drive and compassion to serve the ill and injured,” explained Vice President Aaron L. Guthrie.

The nine students selected in this last round of scholarships are in class five days a week. Aside from eight weeks of classroom instruction, the students will also do a clinical rotation on Spirit ambulances, as well as in emergency rooms at either Wayne HealthCare in Greenville or Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

The class is a cooperative effort between Four County Career Center and Spirit Medical Transport LLC, with instructors from the school’s adult vocational program and employees of Spirit Medical Transport LLC that are certified EMS instructors helping teach the classes. The primary lead instructor is Paramedic Mike Woodford of Greenville.

The class syllabus also includes several “extra” learning experiences, together with the opportunity to attend a cadaver lab at the University of Toledo Medical School, a day focused on how to excel at customer service as an EMT, and a basic emergency vehicle operations course focused on emergency and non-emergency driving habits.

Joe VanVickle of the Darke County Coroner’s Office and Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office also provide a series of lectures.

If all goes according to plan, all nine EMT students will be fully trained and functioning as certified EMTs by mid-April.

Company officials report they are so pleased with the outcome of the classes, they are currently accepting another round of scholarship applications through March 16 for classes starting in early April.

The program is not only designed to help the local business grow, but was also created to give back to local community-based providers as well.

“The scholarship was designed not only as an investment in our business, but also as a means of opening the doors of opportunity to those individuals who are in pursuit of a rewarding career and have a passion to serve people during some of the roughest days of their lives,” Hathaway noted. “As a company, we are excited about enabling personal growth and career success to those who are participating in our scholarship program and have a strong desire to serve the friends, neighbors, and total strangers in the places they live.”

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