GCC’s Loveridge Designated “EMT Advocate”

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Guam – Rosemary Loveridge, RN, chair of the Guam Community College Allied Health Department and EMT program director, has been named Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advocate of the Year by the Emergency Medical Services Commission of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Acting Guam Fire Department Chief John Wusstig, Lucia Perez, EMS Commission chair, Marlena Carbullido, EMS Office acting administrator, and Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, chair of the Legislative Committee on Health and Human Services, presented Loveridge with her award this morning at the Agana Shopping Center, where GFD and other agencies have set up displays to celebrate EMS Week. Also honored were two firemen, Lt. Tomas Fegurgur, for earning his EMT Intermediate designation, and Lt. Dean Aigamaua, for EMT Basic. The two firemen were unable to attend the ceremony.

[ John Wusstig, acting GFD Fire Chief; Rosemary Loveridge, RN, GCC Allied Health Department chair and EMT program director; Sen. Dennis Rodriguez; Lucia Perez, EMS Commission chair; and Marlene Carbullido, EMS Office acting administrator, following the presentation of the EMS Advocate of the Year award to Loveridge at the Agana Shopping Center on Wednesday, May 23.]

Loveridge was instrumental in organizing the training and skills testing of over 100 local and federal firefighters at GCC in April and earlier this month in order for them to become nationally certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The move to transition Guam EMTs to national standards has taken nearly a year and a half to plan. Eventually, GCC plans to offer a paramedic course as well.

“I am honored and humbled by this designation from the EMS Commission,” Loveridge said. “It is our goal at GCC to raise the bar of health care on the island, and providing our EMTs with the training that brings them all to nationally recognized standards is one way we’re accomplishing that goal.”

“She’s our best advocate,” said Carbullido. “She’s moving the program forward and it will benefit the entire community by improving our standards to a national level so we can apply for more federal funding for the program.”

The EMT training and testing was funded through GCC’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) grant, and was overseen by executives from the National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI), the nation’s largest private college of Emergency Medical Services, which specializes in the provision of EMT and Emergency 911 Dispatcher training programs.