Penn College students serve health care needs at LLWS

PHOTO PROVIDED Penn College emergency medical services students Michelle K. Waughen, of Montgomery, and Ali T. Alnasir, of Williamsport, stand ready to provide to provide care to those in attendance at the 2017 Little League World Series. Penn College students pursuing careers as physician assistants and paramedics are providing health care at the 2018 World Series.

WILLIAMSPORT. – Forty-three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/paramedic programs will be on hand to help serve the health care needs of spectators and players at the Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 16-26.

The event draws tens of thousands of spectators over 11 days as 16 U.S. and international Little League teams vie for the championship in South Williamsport, just a short drive from the Penn College main campus.

“We are proud to have our physician assistant and paramedic students participate with interdisciplinary members of the health care team to assist with providing care to Little League players from around the world,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “This event is an excellent example of the cross-cultural service learning opportunities we provide for our students.”

The college’s senior-level physician assistant students will staff the infirmary in International Grove, the residential area of the World Series Complex, where Little League teams are housed. Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. The students have finished their classroom studies and will spend the final year of their education in clinical rotations with practicing physicians and PAs.

In the infirmary, the 27 PA students will provide health care to players and their coaches. They will work under the supervision of a certified physician assistant and physician.

PHOTO PROVIDED Penn College physician assistant students Kavitha R. Kolangaden, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, (left) and Jaclyn L. Casey, of West Chester, serve a shift at the 2017 Little League World Series, where they helped staff the infirmary in the residential area where competing teams stay. Penn College students are again providing health care at the 2018 World Series.

“We are so grateful for the continued opportunity to be a part of the LLBWS,” said Joshua A. Bower, director of the college’s physician assistant program. “This opportunity provides our students with a unique, real-world educational experience that one just could not get anywhere else.”

In addition, 16 students in the college’s paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors will stand ready in the stadiums at the Little League World Series Complex to tend to participants’ and spectators’ emergency health needs. In Penn College’s EMS majors, students complete more than 1,100 hours of field and clinical experience.

The World Series exposes them to cultural diversity in health care and to providing emergency medical assistance to all ages at a large-scale event. The students work under the guidance of certified paramedics from Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.

“Volunteering at the Little League World Series affords our paramedic students the opportunity to interact with visitors from around the world,” said Christopher T. Boyer, director of paramedic technology programs. “It also allows our students to experience firsthand the immense time, preparation and interagency cooperation that is required to provide EMS care at an event such as the LLWS. This event is just one example of how our program provides students with unique patient care experiences that allow them to be job-ready upon graduation.”

Both groups of students are also under the direction of Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, emergency physician and medical director for the Little League World Series. As medical director, Frailey oversees the care of athletes and visitors, both on and off the field. He is also the medical director for the college’s paramedic and physician assistant programs.

The emergency medical services and paramedic technician student volunteers are: Mohammed A. Almubareick, of Houston; Mark A. Blanchard II, of Watsontown; Hassan A. Boujbarah, of Williamsport; Courtney L. Breon, of Jersey Shore; Benjamin C. Burkett, of Ulster; Sara E. Caswell, of Milton; Preston A. Emert, of Montoursville; Laura J. Hauck, of Milton; Daniel K. Jamison, of Montgomery; Alyssa M. Ogden, of Lawrenceville; Jay J. Peachey Jr., of New Columbia; Andie Rabe, of Williamsport; Grace R. Roat, of Milton; Devon E. Smith, of Montoursville; Elizabeth A. Stigerwalt, of Danville; and Kayla M. Vincent, of Milton.

The physician assistant student volunteers are: Michael Adera, of Bowie, Md.; Lu-Anne Antisdel, of Rome; Bailey T. Bachman, of Lewistown; Elizabeth A. Belz, of Montoursville; Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey; Dylan C. Griffin, of Milton; Amber L. Grimm, of Milton; Joshua I. Grippin, of Mainesburg; Kelly E. Heckman, of Bellefonte; Wayne R. Jacobs, of Jersey Shore; Michelle D. Kachik, of Clarence; Matthew T. Klock, of Selinsgrove; Valerie L. Kubalak, of Spring Mills; Caitlin M. McCarthy, of State College; Jennifer L. Mitchell, of Kulpmont; Katanga Muanza, of Williamsport; Ashley D. Olley, of Mifflinburg; Jason R. Paulman, of Horseheads, N.Y.; Brittni A. Pierotti, of Huntingdon; Tyler E. Ryman, of Kingston; Elvis A. Salas Alvarez, of Hagerstown, Md.; Ruchi Shah, of Williamsport; Erika N. Sherlinski, of Hughesville; Meghan E. Snavely, of Williamsport; Edmer-Andrew L. Sotomango, of Coatesville; Sarah D. Spatzer, of Williamsport; and Chloe S. Strader, of Carlisle.

To learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Penn College, call 570-327-4519 or visit www.pct.edu/nhs.

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