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Kish College, Northwestern Medicine suspend EMT partnership

March 14, 2019

MALTA – Kishwaukee College is suspending its EMT program with Northwestern Medicine until fall of 2012. Kayte Hamel, director of the college’s foundation said she couldn’t comment on the turn of events, and that no one at the college will comment.

A news release from the college says Kish, along with Northwestern Medicine, has agreed to suspend the EMS educational program for EMT and paramedic professionals. The intent, the release says, is to spend a year aligning the requirements in order to best meet the needs of students and the community.

Kim Waterman, media relations specialist for Northwestern Medicine, spoke with the Daily Chronicle.

“We want to align the curriculum and programming of our other EMS offerings across Northwestern,” she said.

She said 11 students are currently enrolled in the paramedic program, and nine are enrolled to become EMTs.

According to the release, Kish College provides the college credit, academic and student support services, and Northwestern Medicine provides medical oversight and direction in the program.

The students currently going through the program will wrap up their studies in the summer, the release says.

Waterman said oftentimes, students will go to other hospitals, such as those in Geneva, Rockford and elsewhere, but she couldn’t speak to whether those credits would apply through Kish. Again, Hamel said the college wouldn’t comment.

Waterman did say, in line with the news release, the yearlong program should resume in fall of 2020.