December 5, 2023
By: Kathy Quirk
Amy Grzyb, who has worked with emergency services for 20 years, sees learning about preventive care and education as part of her job. That’s why she and other emergency responders signed up this summer for a unique program offered through UWM’s School of Nursing.
The Community Paramedic Program trains paramedics and emergency medical technicians how to do preventive and follow-up care after responding to emergencies.
“It’s another way we can be of service to our community,” said Grzyb.
The program, which started in 2015, has trained approximately 250 emergency responders as community paramedics, said Kim Litwack, dean of the School of Nursing who established the program. She is one of the leaders of the sessions along with Andrew Hargarten, a battalion chief with the Milwaukee Department who earned his doctorate in nursing at UWM.