Peerless Technologies Corporation, along with Kettering Health and the Air Force Research Laboratory, celebrated the opening of the Peerless Technologies Corporation Critical Care Training Center (CCTC).
The new skills learned by students at the CCTC will have far-reaching consequences, said Peerless founder Michael Bridges.
“The way I see it, lives will be saved, limbs can be saved, and families can be restored, all because … of the training here at the Critical Care Training Center,” Bridges said.
The CCTC, sponsored by Peerless and located at Kettering Health’s Soin Medical Center (Beavercreek, OH), brings together classrooms, simulation labs and the opportunity for Air Force Medical Technicians to apply their skills in a real-world intensive care unit. The first class of students began training in the center this week.
The donation from Peerless helped fund construction and operation of the training center, located within space donated to the Air Force by Kettering Health.
The decision to contribute to the center was a “no-brainer,” said Peerless President Andrea Kunk.
In 2000, at the founding of Peerless, the Air Force was the company’s first customer, Kunk said.
“In addition to helping us grow and develop our company, the Air Force has given us the opportunity and privilege to support those who have protected the nation,” Kunk said.
A ‘one-of-a-kind asset’
Air Force clinical staff and students will work alongside Kettering Health doctors and nurses, with Air Force students helping care for patients in Soin Medical Center’s intensive care units, emergency departments and other care areas. Students in the four-week course will gain 100 clinical hours as part of their training and help care for two ICU beds.
“It is a one-of-a-kind asset within (the Department of Defense), said Col. Tory Woodard, commander of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Woodard noted that the new center is one of only six Air Force training centers of its type nationwide, and the only one focusing on critical care.
“This allows us to train these technicians in the advanced critical care skills they need to bridge that gap between our providers and nurses, especially in an austere location,” Woodard said. “It allows us to flex ands respond … not only in wartime locations but should there be a natural disaster, or for humanitarian assistance.”
With 10 courses per year planned, staff trainers and clinicians will help train up to 100 students per year for the Air Force in a needed career field.
Sponsoring the CCTC is also a way of giving back to the community, Kunk added.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” she said. “We all have the responsibility to support our community.”
About Peerless Technologies Corporation
Peerless, founded in 2000 and based in Dayton, Ohio, specializes in complex professional services, including systems engineering, cybersecurity, program management, research and development, test and evaluation, and financial, logistics and business management. Peerless clients include NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center; The F-22 Program Office; the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program, the F-35 Joint Program Office, and other federal agencies.
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