Penn College students serve health care needs at LLWS

Forty-three students in Penn College of Technology’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/parademic programs are on hand to help serve the health care needs of spectators and players at the Little League Baseball World Series.

“We are proud to have our physician assistant and paramedic students participate with interdisciplinary members of the health care team to assist with providing care to Little League players from around the world,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “This event is an excellent example of the cross-cultural service learning opportunities we provide for our students.”

The students are staffing the infirmary in International Grove, the residential area of the World Series Complex, where Little League teams are housed.

In the infirmary, the 27 PA students are providing health care to players and their coaches under the supervision of a certified assistant and physician.

In addition, 16 students in the college’s paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors stand ready in the stadiums at the Little League World Series Complex to tend to participants’ and spectators’ emergency health needs. In Penn College’s EMS majors, students complete more than 1,100 hours of field and clinical experience.

The World Series exposes them to cultural diversity in health care and to providing emergency medical assistance to all ages at a large-scale event. The students work under the guidance of certified paramedics from Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.

Both groups of students also are under the direction of Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, emergency physician and medical director for the Little League World Series. As medical director, Frailey oversees the care of athletes and visitors, both on and off the field. He also is the medical director for the college’s paramedic and physician assistant programs.

The emergency medical services and paramedic technician student volunteers are: Mohammed A. Almubareick, of Houston; Mark A. Blanchard II, of Watsontown; Hassan A. Boujbarah, of Williamsport; Courtney L. Breon, of Jersey Shore; Benjamin C. Burkett, of Ulster; Sara E. Caswell, of Milton; Preston A. Emert, of Montoursville; Laura J. Hauck, of Milton; Daniel K. Jamison, of Montgomery; Alyssa M. Ogden, of Lawrenceville; Jay J. Peachey Jr., of New Columbia; Andie Rabe, of Williamsport; Grace R. Roat, of Milton; Devon E. Smith, of Montoursville; Elizabeth A. Stigerwalt, of Danville; and Kayla M. Vincent, of Milton.

The physician assistant student volunteers are: Michael Adera, of Bowie, Md.; Lu-Anne Antisdel, of Rome; Bailey T. Bachman, of Lewistown; Elizabeth A. Belz, of Montoursville; Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey; Dylan C. Griffin, of Milton; Amber L. Grimm, of Milton; Joshua I. Grippin, of Mainesburg; Kelly E. Heckman, of Bellefonte; Wayne R. Jacobs, of Jersey Shore; Michelle D. Kachik, of Clarence; Matthew T. Klock, of Selinsgrove; Valerie L. Kubalak, of Spring Mills; Caitlin M. McCarthy, of State College; Jennifer L. Mitchell, of Kulpmont; Katanga Muanza, of Williamsport; Ashley D. Olley, of Mifflinburg; Jason R. Paulman, of Horseheads, N.Y.; Brittni A. Pierotti, of Huntingdon; Tyler E. Ryman, of Kingston; Elvis A. Salas Alvarez, of Hagerstown, Md.; Ruchi Shah, of Williamsport; Erika N. Sherlinski, of Hughesville; Meghan E. Snavely, of Williamsport; Edmer-Andrew L. Sotomango, of Coatesville; Sarah D. Spatzer, of Williamsport; and Chloe S. Strader, of Carlisle.