OhioHealth EMS welcomes 100th paramedic class, reflects on program’s rich history


Did you know that central Ohio’s only hospital or health system-based EMS school is right here at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center?
The school, located on the Grant campus, was founded in 1983 and has been entirely supported by Grant, and now by OhioHealth, since day one. It’s run by OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services and offers both emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic classes.
Recently, the school reached a meaningful milestone – its 100th paramedic class. The 19 students started class on Friday, September 2, and will graduate in November 2017.

We provide many unique learning opportunities for our students, said Holly Herron, DNP, RN, Paramedic, system EMS program director. We are able to provide a great variety of experiences, and that leads to a more rounded education for our students, meaning it’s easier for them to apply those skills and succeed when it’s time for their certification exam.
The nationally-accredited paramedic school currently has a 100 percent pass rate for the exam, which is well above both the state and national average. Since the school was founded, it has graduated over 2,000 paramedics.
As a health system-based program, it offers students many advantages that come along with the real-life, hands-on setting a hospital provides. Students spend approximately 50 hours in the Emergency Department at Grant with their clinical instructor, performing tasks like drawing blood for lab work and starting IVs. They even have the opportunity to observe traumas and work on skills like intubation in our operating rooms – experiences that paramedic students wouldn’t normally have. They spend time in many other areas of the hospital, including Labor and Delivery and the ICU, to get a sense of what patients they may treat are experiencing and what patients experience after paramedics deliver them safely to the hospital.
We’re proud of our graduates and what they’re able to achieve, said Barb Dean, BSN, RN, OhioHealth EMS program manager. Many of them have gone on to become high ranking officers or fire chiefs in the central Ohio community. OhioHealth continues to make important contributions to the education of those who keep our communities safe, and that’s something we’re proud of.