Greenville Senior High School Med Tech students and staff welcome CareFlight to class. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville Med Tech Hosts CareFlight

Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services makes a visit to Greenville Senior High School

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GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools Medical Technology (Med Tech) program was host to Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services on the campus of Greenville Senior High School assisted by Greenville Township Rescue.

“We have CareFlight presentation from PremierHealth for our junior and senior classes in the Med Tech program here at the Career Tech Center for Greenville High School and assisted by Greenville Township Rescue,” said Amanda Koenig, senior instructor for the GHS Med Tech program. “The CareFlight helicopter and crew gave students an opportunity to get a firsthand look at state of the art medical care.”

“It is great for our kids to be able to see things like CareFlight in action,” said Greenville High School Principal, Stan Hughes. “It gives programs like our Med Tech opportunities to see things in the real world and that is a great thing for us. We are honored to host them here and happy they could come out and show our kids the things they do and the things our kids can aspire to.”

A CareFlight helicopter is equipped just like an intensive care unit or hospital emergency department, bringing life-saving care to critically ill or injured patients. Medical care aboard CareFlight is provided by Premier Health’s team of highly experienced flight nurses. All CareFlight activities are coordinated in CareFlight’s Communication Center in the Premier Health Regional Referral Center.

“This year we have a lot of students that are voicing interest in becoming a trauma nurse or a paramedic or emergency room nurse,” Koenig stated, “So they are getting to see firsthand with CareFlight here at Greenville High School.”

 “We are allowing the Greenville Tech students to see what we do on a day to day basis,” said Jessica Oakley, flight nurse with CareFlight Air and Mobile. “It exposes students to a job that they may have never considered before.”

One of Premier Health’s CareFlight helicopters in based out of the Darke County Airport bringing critical care to the local area and beyond.

“It is huge to be involved in Darke County,” Oakley said. “Having that community involvement is wonderful. The community has been great to us up here. We’re happy to be here and we definitely want to expose as many kids to different opportunities that we can.”

“About every other year we schedule CareFlight to come and give a presentation to the Med Tech Program,” said Brian Phillips, Greenville Township Assistant Fire Chief. “We have the aircraft fly in – just a great opportunity for the Med Tech students to see what CareFlight is and how you go down that career path.”

“A lot of these Med Tech students come out and ride with us,” said Greenville Township Fire and Rescue Captain, Jesse Hackney. “We have had some students in the past participating with us when we use CareFlight at scenes so this is a good thing for them to see when they come ride with us.”

“We try to lend a hand in proctoring them as well – that is why the Med Tech students will come ride with us at the station,” Hackney added. “It shows them how we work as paramedics, what they are going to see and they is why they will come ride the ambulance with us too.”

Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services staff, pilot and Greenville Township's Brian Phillips and Jesse Hackney at GHS. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Senior High School Med Tech students get an up-close view of Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services helicopter. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Med Tech students visit with CareFlight and Greenville Township Fire and Rescue staff at Greenville Senior High School. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
CareFlight crew prepares to leave Greenville Senior High School following visit with Med Tech students and staff. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services helicopter lifts off from Greenville High School following visit with Med Tech students. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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