LAKE SUCCESS, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System was recently recognized by the NY Air National Guard 103rd Rescue Squadron for the training it has been offering to military personnel and other first responders at its Bioskills Education Center.
The Bioskills training involves learning and practicing medical techniques on cadavers. Being educated this way helps first responders get experience doing medical procedures before they face real-life situations in the field. The Bioskills training has helped police, firefighters, military personnel and other first responders in the field in various ways from better intubating a gunshot victim to having soldiers perform advanced medical treatments while under fire.
“Without the North Shore-LIJ Health System, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do overseas,” said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Mosher.
The 103rd Squadron recognized Paul Wright, MD, attending physician at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH); Barbara Devoe, DNP, vice president of inter-professional education and learning at North Shore-LIJ’s Center for Learning and Innovation; Jason D’Amore, MD, NSUH emergency medicine research director; and Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, for their efforts in providing this instruction.
The recipients were given a plaque, flags that were flown on helicopters during several missions, photos and the same poker chips given to rescued servicemen. The poker chips say “Saved by Pararescue” on one side and “Saved by Pedro,” which is a radio call sign, on the other.
“The true token of appreciation is felt from the Americans we have been able to save from being in harm’s way,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald, the squadron commander. “They are able to come home to their families.”
It was also noted that both Dr. Wright and Dr. D’Amore take time out of their personal schedules to help with this training.
“We have an obligation to help those who help others,” Mr. Dowling said to more than a dozen military personnel who received training at Bioskills. “What the health system has is yours. We are grateful to provide you whatever we can as you continue to help people on the frontlines.”
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