August 25, 2020
MountainView Hospital, a full-service teaching hospital in northwest Las Vegas, announces the establishment of the MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute to facilitate the growth and education of paramedic students in our community.
MountainView Hospital is currently the only hospital in Las Vegas as well as the HCA Healthcare enterprise to offer an extensive educational and training program for prehospital professionals throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
"This is a significant step forward in the development of medical education for Las Vegas," says Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. "The establishment of MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute provides clinically immersive educational opportunities to individuals pursuing a greater career in paramedicine. Through greater education and training, our patients will be able to receive an even greater quality of medical care prior to their arrival at the emergency department."
The inaugural cohort of paramedic provider students will undergo a 12-month program that involves a stringent didactic regimen and hands-on clinical immersion. MountainView Hospital is partnering with local Fire Departments and private EMS transport agencies in creation of the program. Students attending the Institute will be sponsored by each agency.
MountainView Hospital is a regional leader in medical education, and is ranked as one of the nation's Top Teaching Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group. MountainView is home to the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which includes more than 150 residents and fellows in numerous disciplines including emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, anesthesiology and OBGYN, physical medicine and rehabilitation. MountainView is also home to the MountainView Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, which welcomed its third class of pharmacy residents in the summer of 2020.
The Paramedic Institute will partner with supporting educators of the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium and emergency directors at MountainView Hospital.
"A hospital-based paramedic education program offers a unique educational opportunity that's not currently available in our community," says Susie Kochevar MSN, MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute Program Director. "MountainView Hospital has a proven track record in educating medical professionals for our community. The Paramedic Institute is a natural next step as part of that educational journey."
The program has also been approved, recognized, and given provisional post-secondary licensure from the state of Nevada. Full accreditation will be given to the Institute upon successful completion of the first cohort.
The MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
"The MountainView Hospital and GME resources with access to a high fidelity simulation lab used by the residency programs will provide a level of paramedic training that has not been available in the Las Vegas Valley until now" said Troy Tuke RN, NREMT-P, MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute Lead Paramedic Educator. He goes on to say that," combining the hospital resources with the educational resources and field EMS delivery expertise of our EMS agency partners gives us the opportunity for exceptional didactic learning with increased hands on clinical immersion for each student. The end result will be a more experienced and confident pre-hospital provider that will meet and exceed the current national standard."