Students to Work Behind the Scenes at Little League World Series

Published 08.15.2016

Nursing & Health Sciences
Physician Assistant

When the Little League World Series begins Aug. 18, students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences will once again help to provide urgent and emergency health care.

Forty-four students pursuing careers as paramedics and physician assistants will lend a hand and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws thousands of spectators.

“The Little League World Series welcomes diverse players and guests from around the world, and we are so fortunate to be able to provide such a wonderful opportunity for our PA and paramedic students so close to campus,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences.

Fourteen students in the college’s paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors are scheduled to volunteer in the stadiums, where they’ll stand ready to tend to spectators’ emergency health needs. As part of a clinical practicum course, each will help to staff two games.

The experience exposes the students to cultural diversity in health care and to providing emergency medical assistance to all ages at a large-scale event. The students work under the guidance of certified paramedics from Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.

The college’s 30-member senior class of physician assistant students will work in the infirmary in International Grove, the residential area of the World Series Complex where Little League teams are housed.

A certified physician assistant or physician supervises the students at all times. Each student will work one or two eight-hour shifts during the series, providing urgent care to players and their coaches.

“This has always been such a rewarding experience for the PA students, and they are very much looking forward to this year’s series,” said Lynn Eckrote, director of the Physician Assistant Program at Penn College.

Both groups of students are also under the direction of Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, emergency physician and EMS medical director for Susquehanna Health/Susquehanna Regional EMS, and medical director for the college’s paramedic and physician assistant programs; and Dr. John Boll, medical director for the Little League World Series and assistant director of Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Family Medicine Residency program.

The emergency medical services and paramedic technician student volunteers are: Hussain Fahad AlQahtani, of Houston; Bryan C. Baird, of Williamsport; Megan E. Bobby, of Dysart; Kristin M. Botsford, of Williamsport; Samuel E. Burkett, of Ulster; Molly J. Durland, of Dushore; Ryan W. Funk, of Watsontown; Jacob R. Knable, of Reedsville; Ian P. McClure, of Littlestown; Mason C. Merrill, of Rome; Morgan T. Plank, of East Stroudsburg; Christopher S. Sandoval, of Williamsport; Brandon M. Tait, of Williamsport; and Nicholas S. Zimmerman, of Lewistown.

The physician assistant student volunteers are: Sharon L. Androvette, of Williamsport; Amber Y. Austin, of Lewisburg; Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville; Lisa D. Boop, of New Berlin; Sabrina J. Boring, of Belleville; Cody L. Breon, of Jersey Shore; John D. Chukwudifu, of East Brunswick, N.J.; James T. Connolly, of Montoursville; Eric M. Danz, of Hershey; Samuel L. Esposito III, of Williamsport; Jenna M. Foust, of Watsontown; Kristi L. Freezer, of Cogan Station; Jessica A. Gmerek, of Bellefonte; Aubrey E. Hammond, of Chambersburg; Cody J. Heintzelman, of Selinsgrove; Zachary S. Kimble, of Pleasant Gap; Jessica R. Lehman, of Montoursville; Macie N. Lucas, of Reedsville; Jordan O. Meyers, of DuBois; Taylor I. Nelson, of Waverly, N.Y.; Mark P. Niedermyer, of Jersey Shore; Amanda J. Otto, of South Williamsport; Bryce A. Petersheim, of Birdsboro; Amy J. Rothrock, of Philipsburg; Anna E. Simoni, of Williamsport; Savanna R. Stauffer, of Ephrata; Nasser Tajiani, of Lakeland, Fla.; Nnenna K. Uguru, of Philadelphia; Caroline E. Weisser, of Lancaster; and Megan E. West, of Williamsport.

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