Wilkes Community College and Ashe Memorial Hospital are pleased to present a special two-day class with international EMS speaker, Bob Page. Classes include multi-lead medics 12 lead course and more. The class is designed to educate community paramedics and others in the healthcare field who provide emergency care to the sick and injured.

Bob Page is an internationally known speaker, instructor, author, and paramedic with over 35 years as a paramedic and 40 years as an educator. He has presented seminars across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. Page is recognized for his energetic, humorous, and motivational style. He takes ordinarily dry and hard to teach topics and transforms them into a fun, learning environment.

“We are delighted that Rusty was able to set this up and we look forward to seeing the benefits within our community. Wilkes Community College is pleased to be a part of the implementation of a Community Paramedic Program in Ashe County, expanding the great work of firefighters and EMS providers, in partnership with Ashe Memorial Hospital, Ashe Medics, and funded through The Duke Endowment,” stated Rebecca Greer, director of Workforce Development, WCC Ashe Campus. “We want to express our appreciation to The Duke Endowment and Ashe Memorial Hospital for the financial support in sponsoring this event; as well as to Ashe County Schools and Jennifer Holden at Westwood Elementary School for the use of their facility.”

Rusty Zachary, WCC Fire/EMS Coordinator for Ashe and Alleghany counties, has experienced a Bob Page seminar in the past and wanted to offer this quality training to our service area. Zachary works with local fire departments and EMS providers to provide quality and critical training on the latest techniques for safe and effective responses in emergent situations and saw the merit of the training for our Community Paramedic students as well as potential students.  Zachary said, “Bob Page provides critical information that will help our local firefighters and EMS providers as they take care of our communities.”

“Ashe Memorial Hospital is pleased to administer this generous funding from the Duke Endowment, which will have a great positive impact on health outcomes for so many in our community. My heartfelt thanks to Wilkes Community College and Ashe Medics for the dedication and patient-focus they bring to assist with this innovative project,” stated AMH CEO, Laura Lambeth.

The classes will be held at Westwood Elementary School on Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $70.00. North Carolina State certified emergency personnel will be eligible for a fee waiver. Pre-registration is required by October 15, 2018. For more information or to register call 336-903-3114 or email razachary594@wilkescc.edu.

Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.6 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.