UNC Charlotte’s EMS Management Institute celebrates 30 years in 2010

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04/26/2010 -

Offered for the first time in 1980, UNC Charlotte’s EMS Management Institute will enter its 30th anniversary year with the upcoming 2010-2011 offering, beginning early October. Sponsored through the University’s Department of Continuing Education, the Institute is a management training opportunity for Directors, Supervisors, and Training Specialists in the EMS field and often attracts participation from paramedics aspiring to future leadership positions within their agency.


Participants represent counties across North Carolina and South Carolina as well as Eastern Tennessee, and Virginia and are taken through five training modules over the course of five months including Leadership and Team-Building, Management Skills and Strategic Planning, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Personnel Management, and Special Topics including Grant Writing, Survival Spanish, and Measuring Your Patient’s Perspective. Classes are Wednesday through Friday for one week in October, November, January, February, and March.

The Class of 2010 completed the Institute on Friday, April 2, 2010 and shared some of the following comments about the program:

“I have truly enjoyed this program. I have already taken several of the concepts back to my service, implemented them, and had positive results. You also have a very knowledgeable staff of instructors. Highly recommend this program!” — Michael Ennis, Stanly County EMS.

“...The program touched on every key point of my job...” — Mike Howard, Catawba County Ems

“...This program has certainly offered many ideas and resources that have increased my confidence level in dealing with employees, co-workers, and outside agencies.” — Kimberly Green, Lincoln County EMS

“[The UNC Charlotte] EMS Management Institute has given me the tools to perform my job to a better level. My eyes were opened to new ways to deal with employees, their issues, and communication in general. I would recommend the course to anyone looking at going into management.” — David Puckett, Moore County EMS

“[The EMS] Management Institute has been a great experience and opportunity to network with counterparts from other EMS agencies across the state. I have obtained information in this program that will assist me in performing my daily duties.” — Thomas R. McNeill Jr., Moore County Public Safety, EMS Division

Registration for the 30th anniversary offering of the EMS Management Institute and a detailed description of the program is available at http://uncc.edu/ems. Seats are limited and North Carolina agencies may be eligible for the NCOEMS subsidy pending grant renewal. UNC Charlotte will also host the annual Fire and Rescue Management Institute which also begins in October, more information at  http://uncc.edu/fire.

The Class of 2010 Graduates include (bottom row, L-R)Thomas McNeill, Moore County EMS; Adam Palmer, Stanly County EMS; David Speight, Surry County EMS; Jimmy Thomas, Union County EMS; Kimberly Green, Lincoln County EMS; David Puckett, Moore County EMS; Nathan Walker, Davie County EMS; Michael Howard, Catawba County EMS; and Robbie Bolin, Wilkes County EMS.

(Pictured top row, L-R) David Hewat, Catawba County EMS; Gary Bolick, Catawba County EMS; Donnie Taylor, Johnston County EMS; Michael Ennis, Stanly County EMS; Brian Williams, Davie County EMS; John L. Ward, Jr., Henderson County EMS; Keith Williams, Henderson County EMS; Chuck Payne, Lancaster County EMS; Phillip Poston, Lancaster County EMS; Michael Coggins, Asheville Fire Rescue; and Kevin Ward, Davie County EMS.

Inquiries can be sent to Karri Murray, Program Director at [email protected] or 704-687-8925.
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