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Kishwaukee College, Northwestern Medicine suspend emergency medical services program

A student leaves Kishwaukee College in February.
A student leaves Kishwaukee College in February.

MALTA – Kishwaukee College is suspending its emergency medical services program with Northwestern Medicine until fall of 2020. Kayte Hamel, director of the college’s foundation said she couldn’t comment on the turn of events, and that no one at the college will comment.

A news release from the college said Kish, along with Northwestern Medicine, has agreed to suspend the EMS program for EMT and paramedic professionals. The intent, the release said, is to spend a year aligning the requirements in order to best meet the needs of students and the community.

“We want to align the curriculum and programming of our other EMS offerings across Northwestern,” Kim Waterman, media relations specialist for Northwestern Medicine, told the Daily Chronicle.

She said 11 students currently are enrolled in the paramedic program, and nine are enrolled to become EMTs.

According to the release, Kish College provides the college credit, academic and student support services, and Northwestern Medicine provides medical oversight and direction in the program.

The students currently going through the program will wrap up their studies in the summer, the release said.

Waterman said that oftentimes, students will go to other hospitals, such as those in Geneva, Rockford and elsewhere, but she couldn’t speak to whether those credits would apply through Kish.

Waterman said, in line with the news release, the yearlong program should resume in fall of 2020.

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