Nearly $550,000 is going straight into Amarillo’s healthcare system. Amarillo College will use the funds for special training for those already working in local medical fields.
"It'll help cover the costs associated with training paramedics and nurses and respiratory therapists in order to give them the additional specialized training that they need so we can really provide high-quality care to all the patients within the Panhandle region,” said Kim Crowley, associate dean of health sciences for Amarillo College.
"Once they take that test and they prove their competency in that area, whether it's critical care or obstetrical nursing or paramedic, then they've got that certification and they're more able to take care of the patients that we have that are sicker,” said Crowley.
Training and certification will be provided in 23 specialty areas of healthcare and emergency medicine for up to 240 employees at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital, Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems and Amarillo Medical Services.
"It'll help our employees two-fold. Number one, it increases our level of service that we can provide here,” said Will Hendon, Chief of Emergency Medical services at Amarillo Medical Services. “Also, it gives them ability to have longevity in this field."
"Provide all three entities with that heightened education, some advanced training to develop all of our skill sets to provide better patient care in the region,” said Hendon.
"It gives a little bit of a level of confidence in that patient to know this nurse not only went to nursing school, they went above and beyond to get more education so they can take better care of me,” said Crowley.