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Emergency services training

Mercyhealth is passionate about providing prehospital services and education to improve the health and well-being of our communities. This is why we offer REACT helicopter transport; the MD-1 emergency response program; and programs and training for police, fire and emergency rescue personnel. We understand that the more training and knowledge our first responders have, the safer our communities will be.

MD-1 emergency response program

Mercyhealth’s MD-1 emergency response program brings hospital-level care directly to the scene of a trauma or medical emergency. MD-1 doctors work alongside first-responders to stabilize patients prior to transfer to an emergency department. This improve patient outcomes, and, in many instances, save lives.

Each MD-1 is a certified emergency vehicle equipped with:

  • Emergency lighting and siren
  • Public safety radios
  • Maps and GPS navigation
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Extrication equipment
  • Rehab supplies
  • LUCAS 2 mechanical (hands-free) CPR device
  • Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator
  • Glidescope video intubation unit
  • Medications with secure storage
  • Chest tubes
  • Tourniquets
  • Field amputation equipment
  • Triage kit
  • Comfort items for patients and EMS crews

Staffed by residency trained emergency medicine doctors, MD-1 vehicles are stationed in Rock, Walworth and Winnebago counties. A fourth vehicle is used as a spare and for prolonged incidents.

REACT helicopter transport program

For emergency dispatch, call 800.637.3228.

Mercyhealth REACT, based in Rockford, Illinois, provides advanced helicopter transport medicine for the most critically ill and injured patients across northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

Our highly skilled critical care nurses and paramedics bring the Mercyhealth standard of care to patients in need, from neonatal to adult.

With just one call to the Mercyhealth RockCom Communication Center, you can arrange transport for your patient. Within minutes, Mercyhealth REACT crews can be en route.

REACT training programs

Mercyhealth REACT is committed to promoting and advancing prehospital, emergency and critical care through education. REACT is passionate about education and offers support to EMS, fire, law enforcement and hospital partners by providing educational programs for all organizations in the service area.

Medical educational offerings

Education can be tailored to the ALS and BLS levels. Educational offerings include:

  • REACT: Right resource, right patient, right time
  • Cardiac and 12 lead
  • Oxygenation vs. ventilation
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Preparing your patient for air medical transport

Outreach education requests should be made a minimum of 45 days in advance if CEUs are requested. Organizations are asked to provide the venue and help gather participants.

Landing zone training class

Safety for all is our No. 1 priority. As part of that commitment, we provide a safe landing zone (LZ) for our helicopters and on-scene safety training for prehospital and hospital professionals.

Our interactive training classes include lecture and time with the aircraft where students learn:

  • How to request a helicopter
  • Landing zone set-up
  • Night landing zone specifics
  • What do to when the helicopter is overhead
  • Important safety tips

Request a training course.

Classes and training

American Heart Association programs

We provide the following AHA courses at our Janesville, Rockford and Lake Geneva locations:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Recognition and Renewal)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Experienced Provider)
  • Basic Life Support
    • Heartsaver CPR
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR)
    • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Community CPR and AED classes (Janesville only)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (Recognition and Renewal)
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

For more information and to register, call the location nearest you.

If you’re a Mercyhealth partner, please register through the Partner Learning Center.

Emergency medical responder (EMR)

Designed as an entry-level course for the emergency medical responder/defibrillator certified, the objective of this course is to teach uniform assessment, management and stabilizing skills for injured or ill patients by using basic medical and trauma life support skills.

During the course, emphasis is placed on recognizing critical situations that cannot be managed definitively in the prehospital setting.

This course follows the most current National Emergency Medical Responder/Defibrillation DOT curriculum and is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 20/20 vision with correction
  • Normal hearing with correction
  • Sound physique, not possessing any infirmity of body or mind, that might render you unfit to perform duties

Fee and registration

The registration fee ($150) includes the cost of course textbook, IDPH fees and all course material.

Complete the NREMT Basic Course Registration, along with fee, and send to:

Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center–Rockford
2623 Edgemont St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Make checks payable to Mercyhealth.

Phone registration is not accepted.

Emergency medical technician (EMT) refresher

This course meets the licensure renewal requirements for the Wisconsin EMT Level (WI EMT Basic). This is a state-approved, 30-hour formal refresher continuing education course offered in a blended learning format including online (15 hours; must be completed before classroom hours and classroom [15 hours]). The classroom portion of the course is completed on the dates listed below. Classroom content includes interactive scenarios, skill performance, and high-fidelity simulation and rescue task force training in the Tactical Training Center.

Please bring lunch and refreshments for your half-hour lunch break.

Fee and registration

Fee ($100) includes online course code. Class size is limited. Register by calling 608.756.6182.

Upcoming courses

No courses are currently scheduled. Please check back for future courses.

Emergency medical technician (EMT)

This course is designed to train police, fire, rescue personnel and persons interested in the techniques of prehospital emergency care. The curriculum, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, prepares students for the National Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification examination.

Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 20/20 vision with correction
  • Normal hearing with correction
  • Sound physique, not possessing any infirmity of body or mind, that might render you unfit to perform duties
  • Good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by lifting, carrying, and balancing patients in excess of 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
  • Sound mobility, including: sitting, standing, walking, running, climbing, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, crawling and twisting
  • Significant reading and computer skills
  • Participatory effort by the EMT candidate

Students are required to pass written, computer and practical skills examinations and participate in ambulance, hospital and clinical experiences to become eligible to sit for the National Registry examination.

Fee and registration

Includes course textbook, course workbook, AHA Healthcare textbook and national testing.

Return this form, along with fee, and send to:

Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center–Rockford
Attn: Traci O’Connell
2623 Edgemont St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Make checks payable to Mercyhealth.

Phone registration is not accepted.

Paramedic program

Course description

The curriculum provides the student with information about the recognition, assessment and management of acute and chronic changes in physiology; presenting physical signs and symptoms of illness and injury; emotional and psychological symptoms or reactions to the stress of acute illness or injury; and psychomotor, psychosocial and psychosexual growth and development as it pertains to the pre-hospital care of the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.

In addition, the curriculum covers the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities that paramedics assume as students and later as practitioners, plus radio principles and protocols for communicating.

In laboratory sessions, students learn to assess a patient and utilize clinical and critical thinking skills to properly manage care of the patient in the pre-hospital setting.

During the clinical and field internship portions of the program, students are allowed to apply learned theory and clinical skills while under the direct observation and guidance of a preceptor.

Students will have a terminal competency assessment conducted near the conclusion of the course to evaluate their overall performance. Visit our alumni page to learn more about recent graduates of this program.

Why choose our paramedic program?

  • Small class size
  • State-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation
  • Direct physician involvement

Course objectives

Upon completion of the classroom lectures, demonstration/return demonstration labs, independent readings, hospital-based clinical rotations, supervised field internship and course exams, the paramedic graduate will be able to demonstrate competency and mastery in terminal competencies outlined in the Program Summative Assessment.

  • Prepare for incident response and EMS operations.
  • Integrate patho-physiological principles and assessment findings to provide appropriate patient care
  • Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Meet state and national competencies listed for paramedic credentialing
  • Performing a patient assessment, recognizing alterations from health, setting patient care priorities and coordinating their efforts with those of other agencies that may be involved in the care and transportation of the patient
  • Establishing rapport with the patient and loved ones to decrease their state of anxiety and meet their emotional as well as physical needs
  • Recording and communicating data to the designated medical command authority
  • Initiating and continuing emergency care to the Basic Life Support and/or Advanced Life Support level as required by the written standards established by the project medical director and under direction of approved physicians
  • Directing the maintenance and preparation of emergency care equipment and supplies

Janesville course offerings (August 2022-July 2023)

The Janesville paramedic program meets the requirements for education of paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and required by the State of Wisconsin DHS 110.

Admission requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be a high school graduate (GED accepted)
  • Must hold a valid license as an EMT or higher issued by the state of Wisconsin
  • Must provide one year of documented experience as an EMT-Basic (preferred)

We have no district or residency requirements.

Janesville paramedic program resources

  1. 2023 Technical Standards
  2. Fall 2022 Paramedic Program Application Packet Janesville Course 2023-35
  3. Fall 2021 Paramedic Program Course Catalog Janesville Course 2022-34

Rockford course offerings September 2022-July 2023

The Rockford Paramedic program meets the requirements for education of paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a provider course and for all EMT levels on an hour-for-hour CEU basis.

Admission requirements

  • Current Illinois EMT-B certification
  • Current Healthcare Provider BCLS card
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age
  • No legal or QA/QI issues with IDPH
  • Passing the application process
  • Application deadline: June 30, 2022

Rockford paramedic program resources

  1. 2022 Technical Standards
  2. Fall 2021 Paramedic Program – Application Packet
  3. Fall 2021 Paramedic Program – Course Catalog

Janesville Paramedic Program (2020)

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committed on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report for was the calendar year 2020.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic exam was 90%

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 90%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as “Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 100%.

Rockford Paramedic Program (2020)

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committed on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report for was the calendar year 2020.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic exam was 100%

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as “Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 100%.

Accreditation status:

Mercyhealth, Janesville, WI

Mercyhealth, Rockford, IL

Tactical training

The Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center’s Tactical Training Center offers hands-on tactical training opportunities for first responders. With state-of-the-art simulation labs and well-trained, DOJ-certified instructors and simulation staff, we offer valuable tactical training not seen before in the region.

MercyHealth’s new 25,000-square-foot Tactical Training Center expands the breadth and scope of the education offered at the adjacent Mercyhealth Emergency Medical Services Training Center (MREMS). With state-of-the-art simulation labs and well-trained, DOJ-certified instructors and simulation staff, we offer valuable tactical training not seen before in this region.

In the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ position paper on active shooter, the author remarks that, “It is imperative that local fire and law enforcement agencies have common tactics, common communications capabilities and a common lexicon for seamless, effective operations.”

In other words, the gap between law enforcement and EMS/FD operations must close. The Tactical Training Center offers participants the opportunity to do just that—close the gap to provide better and more effective integrated care.

Custom and on-site training

We offer an option to provide training on-site at your organization. On-site training is a flexible, cost-effective option that allows you to train as many or as few employees as you need—from a single team or department to everyone in your organization.

We are committed to developing training and customizing any course or program we offer to meet the specific objectives of your organization.

Ready to bring industry-leading tactical training to your organization? Call the Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center – Janesville at 608.756.6182

Facility rentals

our 25,000-square-foot center includes a variety of scenarios for law enforcement, fire and EMS training—emergency department, office, movie theater, school, drug house and church.

  • Secure indoor training facility
  • State-of-the-art simulation manikins
  • Ability to conduct multiple trainings at a single facility
  • Classroom for up to 40 individuals is equipped with full AV package
  • Lockers rooms and other support spaces available
  • Conveniently located in the Midwest

The facility is available for rental by federal, state and local public safety agencies and programs. A signed Use Agreement and Facility Application must be completed before confirming rental.

For rental rates and availability, call the Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center–Janesville at 608.756.6182

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

This course covers topics designed to decrease and treat preventable causes of death in the tactical environment. Topics include hemorrhage control, airway management, treatment of chest wounds, techniques for extracting casualties, introduction to rescue task force and much more. Prerequisites: Current law enforcement, EMS or fire professional.

Upcoming courses

TBD

Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS)

Offered in partnership with the National Tactical Officers Association

This course incorporates lectures, practice and scenario-based training. Participants learn foundation principles, practices and skills necessary for providing medical support to law enforcement operations. Emphasis is on medical models and skills effective for supporting special operations teams during high-risk, large-scale and extended operations. Concepts and skills taught are also relevant to all law enforcement operations..

Fee and registration

Member price: $749; non-member price: $804. All registration is conducted through the National Tactical Officer Association. Registration is accepted online or by phone at 800.279.9127.

Upcoming courses

TBD

K9 First Aid

Offered in partnership with Odin’s Fund.

This course is a full-day event that addresses topics and issues of importance to the canine handler and EMS providers when caring for K9 officers. Normal physical examination parameters and trauma logistics are reviewed, along with recognition of a variety of medical and surgical conditions. For each situation, appropriate basic first aid techniques are discussed. All participants receive a notebook containing relevant course information for note-taking and future reference.

Fee and registration: $75*

Upcoming courses: TBD

Workplace Casualty Care Program

Workplace Casualty Care is 1 hour of professional hands-on training offered on-site at your organization. Employees will learn to apply lifesaving bleeding control skills including the use of tourniquets, wound packing and pressure bandages in the event of an incident of workplace violence, tornado, explosion or other calamity.

Empower your employees to act confidently and give them greater peace of mind

We can train as many or as few employees as you need—from a single team or department to everyone. For more information and pricing, contact the Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center–Janesville at 608.756.6182

Rescue Task Force (RTF)

RTF is an aggressive response to an active shooter incident that provides rapid medical treatment at the point of injury to those who are injured. It is a joint response between police and fire/EMS departments, but can be adapted to any agency, large or small, rural or urban. This training is ideal for front line EMS personnel and law enforcement officers. With basic understanding of language, roles and movements, trained persons will finish the class with a functional understanding and ability to perform this task.

Length: 4 hours (lecture only); 8 hours (lecture and hands on)

Classes available upon request. Contact us at 608.756.6182.

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