439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to train at Davis Hospital

Jul 21 2011 - 10:38pm

LAYTON -- For the next two weeks, nurses and medics from the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron will train at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

The medical training of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, based out of Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts, includes four medics and one nurse. Training will take place in the hospital's emergency room, intensive care unit, wound care, phlebotomy, cardiac catheterization laboratory and surgical departments.

"This program, teaming military reservists with a private hospital for medical training, is unique," said hospital CEO Mike Jensen. "As only the second hospital in the country to serve in this way, Davis Hospital's staff is proud to assist members of our country's military."

The first hospital to hold this type of training was Southwest General in San Antonio, a sister hospital of Davis Hospital. The two hospitals are owned by the same company, IASIS Healthcare. When the Air Force wanted to train in Utah they went to another IASIS-owned hospital. Davis Hospital was a natural fit due to its proximity to Hill Air Force Base.

"When we found out about this program through a sister hospital in Texas, we were excited about the possibility of being involved here in Utah," Jensen said. "With our close relationship and strong support of Hill Air Force Base, we knew we would be a perfect fit for high-level medical training for our military."

Not only will the reservists train at Davis Hospital for two weeks, but they will brush up on their medical skills by rotating through various hospital departments.

Col. Robert Swain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, said training for military medical personnel is a fundamental priority.

"Davis Hospital is helping us keep our personnel on top in terms of the latest medical training," Swain said.

That training, Swain said, helps them remain ready for deployment and service whenever needed.

"With Hill Air Force Base next door, Davis Hospital has a superb understanding of our needs and has been a great partner," Swain said.

As part of the training program, the military personnel will return for more training four times each year, Jensen said.

"Our staff could not be more excited," Jensen said. "They feel honored to serve our military in any way they can. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to support those who are protecting our freedom."

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