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Kettering Health Network Partners with United States Air Force to Create a Critical Care Technician Training Facility

Dec 08, 2020

Kettering Health Network Partners with United States Air Force to Create a Critical Care Technician Training Facility

Kettering Health Network has partnered with the United States Air Force (USAF) School of Aerospace Medicine to create a training facility at Soin Medical Center to help prepare Airmen to deliver prolonged, lifesaving care while serving on the front lines.

By having the training facility at Soin Medical Center, located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Airmen from around the world can train stateside through the Air Force Critical Care Technician program to become critical care technicians that will treat patients on the front lines.

The USAF program will be the only program of its type in the world, and training will occur at Soin Medical Center’s newly opened intensive care unit in the hospital’s South Tower. The training center will include:

  • Two advanced simulation labs with high-fidelity simulators to train for real-life scenarios
  • Two classrooms
  • Office space for USAF medical personnel that will be teaching courses throughout the program. Kettering Health Network physicians and nurses will also be working alongside USAF clinical staff, sharing best practices and innovations in critical care and advancing skill sets.

“We are truly blessed to have been in a position to support and partner with the United States Air Force in such a meaningful way,” said Rick Dodds, president of Soin Medical Center. “We are honored to help train these medical workers who will care for those serving our nation.”

The training center will bring local community access to new models of critical care and state-of-the-art equipment to up to 100 students per year. Students in the program will care for patients in Kettering Health Network intensive care units, emergency departments, and step-down units.

“In today’s environment, the need for training partnerships is imperative to obtaining and sustaining the hands-on skills for our Airmen,” said MSgt Thomas-Jeffrey Harston, En Route Care New Course Development Manager. “The staff at Soin and the Kettering Health Network has been a crucial and welcoming partner from the very beginning of this process. We are happy to be a part of their team.”

The Greene Medical Foundation is raising $400,000 to build the training center. The first set of students are expected to graduate in the summer of 2021.