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Emergency medical care celebrates four decades at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Medical Care Program celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday, June 24, with a gathering in the Health and Human Sciences Building.

Al Wright (on right), a 1977 alumnus of WCU’s Emergency Medical Care Program, speaks with other program alumni and WCU EMC professor Michael Hubble (left) at the anniversary event.

Al Wright (on right), a 1977 alumnus of WCU’s Emergency Medical Care Program, speaks with other program alumni and WCU EMC professor Michael Hubble (left) at the anniversary event.

The celebration was attended by approximately 60 people ranging from alumni representing the first graduating class to students in the current senior class, plus all four program directors, said Denise Wilfong, current program director. Alumni were led on tours of the EMC program laboratories by current students.

The program began in its earliest form in 1976 and graduated its first class in 1977. It was the nation’s first baccalaureate program for paramedics, and remains one of only approximately 20 in the U.S. The program annually hosts an annual alumni dinner each October in conjunction with the state “Emergency Medicine Today” conference, but the June 24 event was the group’s first gathering in the Health and Human Sciences Building.

The EMC program is the seventh largest academic program at WCU, with nearly 400 students enrolled. Students taking the program through distance education include military and non-military individuals who are spread around the globe, Wilfong said.

Doug Keskula, dean of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences (center), joins Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar (right) in welcoming attendees at the event.

Doug Keskula, dean of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences (center), joins Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar (right) in welcoming attendees at the event.

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