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Congratulations to Boyd Hospital’s newest Paramedic, John Forsting. John has been an employee of BHS since July 2011 as an EMT Basic. He recently decided to continue his education, and received an Associate’s Degree from Lewis and Clark Community College in Paramedicine.
Paramedics are the highest level and most skilled of emergency responders in the field of emergency medical services. As a paramedic, one is able to practice at all levels of pre-hospital care, including basic first-aid, CPR and IV’s. Paramedics are trained to utilize all necessary medical supplies, including automatic and manual defibrillators, administer medication and provide transportation by ambulance or helicopter.
A paramedic’s license must be earned at the Certificate or Associates Degree level through the completion of a nationally accredited paramedic program. Paramedics often work together as a team, splitting responsibilities between transportation and patient care. Other opportunities for paramedics include emergency helicopter flight crews and emergency services managers, supervisors and directors. Paramedic tasks, responsibilities and types of certifications can vary from state to state.
John currently resides in Roodhouse with his wife, Mary and their three children. Outside of work, John enjoys volunteering on the Roodhouse Fire Department, spending time with his family, and hunting and fishing with family and friends.