When I was ~8 years old I was enjoying a day at Newport Beach, CA with my grandmother when people starting yelling and gathering around the lifeguard tower. A young man had stepped on a shattered soda bottle and was bleeding badly.
I got a good look at the wound and it was deep. The lifeguard grabbed his first aid kit and swiftly went in to action to stop the bleeding and dress the wound. He spoke confidently to the young man with the cut foot and reassured him that he would be OK. I couldn’t hear exactly what was said between the “victim” and the lifeguard but by the time the ambulance arrived (yes, it was cut that badly) the young Paying it forwardman was smiling. At that very moment I knew that I wanted to be in EMS. To learn the same skills that not only saved the man from bleeding to death but also comforted him in the midst of his personal emergency.
During my journey to accomplish that goal, many people have contributed to me and my mission in countless ways. Whether it is was family helping with my school loans or world class mentors seeing a glimmer of something promising and taking me under their wings. I truly stand on the shoulders of giants. And now that Center for Healthcare Education is one of the largest resuscitation training centers in the world I have determined that “giving back” is of paramount importance. Here are some examples:
Learning to Help – Puebla, Mexico
Center for Healthcare Education Inc.’s extended training Center covering the entire country of Mexico. Courses include National Safety Council, and AHA Basic and Advanced Life Support certifications. Physician level trauma and neonatal resuscitation. Safety consulting and compliance courses for heavy industry including Oil, Gas and Construction.
Mary S. Roberts Animal Adoption Center – Riverside, CA
Mission Statement: The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center strives to eliminate the suffering of homeless cats and dogs by providing humane care for pets in transition, facilitating adoptions to good homes, supporting pet overpopulation education, and supporting sterilization of companion animals.
Ronald McDonald House – Southern California
Vision and Mission: At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, we express our mission through our programs, which include six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County and Pasadena. We also operate two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Importantly, we are also one of very few Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters across the world that operates a cost-free, medically supervised Camp for children with cancer and their families, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
Riverside City Fire Department – Riverside, CA
Center provides discounted Instructor Certification Workshops, books and eCards for Riverside’s Paramedics and CERT Team.
Victory Family Church – Islamabad, Pakistan
Christian church teaching the gospel of the Christ throughout Pakistan reaching thousands of men, women and children. Outreaches include medical and eye health clinics, food/clothing/shelter for the poor of all faiths and denominations.
In Proverbs the scripture states that it is not good to boast. That being said, it is important that you know who you are doing business with and who you are trusting to provide you with the best training. It is a privilege to earn your loyalty.
Center for Healthcare Education is always open to opportunities to “pay it forward.” Please contact the Center in writing addressed to Advisory Board if you know of a worthy cause that we can assist with.