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KDMC Supporting Troops Through Clinical Training

ASHLAND, KY  — More than two dozen soldiers will visit the King’s Daughters campus Aug. 18 and 19 for Advanced Cardiac Life Support training sessions. Soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 339th Combat Support Hospital, of Huntington, W.Va., will be trained by flight medics from the Second Battalion, 104th of the National Guard, of Parkersburg, W.Va. Educators with the King’s Daughters Regional Training Center will assist with the sessions.

The 104th Aviation Regiment has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with King’s Daughters that has enabled flight medics, nurses and physicians to certify and recertify in various pre-hospital and hospital programs as needed for various missions.

“King’s Daughters has been instrumental in helping our team become the most highly trained air ambulance company in the country, and most likely the world at this time,” says 104th Aviation Regiment Colonel MC Todd Fredricks, D.O. “Prior to our relationship with KDMC, it was exceptionally difficult to find a single place to get everybody trained and current.”

Scott Suttles, R.N., CCRN, EMT-P, is a first lieutenant, and serves as training officer for the 339th detachment. He also works as a critical care nurse at KDMC and assists with the Regional Training Center. “All combat medics are required to be validated on a substantial list of tasks annually,” he says. “Given the current environment, we must be prepared to deploy within 30 days notice. Ongoing training is instrumental in the constant state of readiness that our soldiers maintain. KDMC helps ensure that state of readiness.”

KDMC’s Regional Training Center provides Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support classes with curriculum from the American Heart Association. The center is classified as an emergency cardiovascular care program, with 28 training sites in a 100-mile radius of Ashland, including eastern Kentucky, western West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. The training center certifies nearly 9,000 people annually, including nurses, paramedics, EMTs, dental hygienists, radiologic technologists, childcare workers, teachers, coaches and parents.

If you wish to learn more about life support courses provided at King’s Daughters, please call 1-888-377-KDMC, or visit KDMC Community Training Center.

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