Generous golfers chip in to support students in Health and Wellness
March 9, 2022

“It’s great being able to have and use the newest, most advanced medical equipment as part of our training. It goes a long way to prepare us for the front lines when we need to make split-second decisions with our patients.”

Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) student Greg Woodruff is one of 22 students about to complete his first year of training. He and fellow student Robynne Moreau know the importance of learning on state-of-the-art equipment that they’ll see in the field. Robynne says learning in the ACP program is always on-going, “The last thing we want is to be in the field and come across a device we’re not familiar with.”

Advanced Care Paramedic students working with pump
Greg Woodruff and Robynne Moreau. Advanced Care Paramedic students.

And now, thanks to proceeds from a golf tournament held in Lac La Biche last summer, seven new Medical Infusion Pumps were purchased for students to use in the college’s Paramedicine and Practical Nurse programs. According to Rob Willick, Coordinator of the Paramedicine program the pumps were a much-needed addition, “They are already in service! Once we heard about the generous donation we knew where they would be needed the most – making sure students could continue their hands-on training in real-life scenarios administering fluids and meds.”

In July more than 100 golfers teed off in the Healthier Communities Golf Tournament. It was presented by Lac La Biche County with Portage College and the Lac La Biche Regional Health Foundation as partners. The goal which was met and exceeded, was to raise funds for local health initiatives like improved medical diagnostic equipment and training opportunities.

A whopping $56,000.00 was raised which was divided evenly between the college and the Health Foundation. The seven Medical Infusion pumps that were purchased train students how to deliver fluids and medications. These particular models are known for their accuracy and mobility. The pumps are used at the scene of an emergency, in an ambulance as well as the patient’s bedside.

Nancy Broadbent, President and CEO expressed her gratitude for Lac La Biche County’s ongoing partnership. “We are so grateful to Lac La Biche County for choosing us as a benefactor of the Healthier Communities Golf Tournament. Our students will certainly benefit from having updated equipment.”

Health and Wellness students tell us what they like most about our programs is being given the opportunity to train in real-life scenarios and being prepared when it matters most.

Medical Infusion Pump
One of seven Medical Infusion Pumps donated to Paramedicine and Practical Nurse programs.

For more information about the Paramedicine programs:

Michele McDougall

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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