West Chester Hospital Launches Air Force Critical Care Instructors Training Program

West Chester Hospital has been identified as a unique training site for U.S. Air Force medical care instructors. The instructors, who began working within the hospital weeks ago, will shadow clinicians working within the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care units to obtain new and refresh skills which can later be applied to serve members of the United States military.

In conjunction with UC Medical Center and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, the C-STARS (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills) program is designed to prepare medical personnel for military evacuation missions using state-of-the-art equipment to simulate war zone conditions. After two weeks of intense training, graduates can then be deployed to Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT), which staff medical evacuation helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to treat critically wounded soldiers removed from the field.

West Chester Hospital, after receiving provisional Level III Trauma Center status by the American College of Surgeons last July, has begun hosting C-STARS instructors who work in critical care areas of the hospital to help keep their medical skills sharp. With provisional trauma status, West Chester Hospital has been deemed capable of initial stabilization and definitive management of most trauma cases, enabling the partnership with the C-STARS program.

Through the C-STARS program, field medics undergo significant retraining each year. While at West Chester Hospital, C-STARS program instructors ensure their competency to teach C-STARS flight teams by completing clinical hours to maintain their knowledge of advanced care techniques, new equipment/instrumentation, and the latest technology.

Captain JK Shane House, CCRN, the first C-STARS instructor to work at West Chester Hospital says, “Our teams might have the critical knowledge, but as instructors, our job is to prepare them to use that knowledge in order to provide medical care within an aircraft in a combat zone.”

“The conditions under which these medical specialists operate are incredibly demanding,” states Kevin Joseph, MD, president and CEO of West Chester Hospital. “Their commitment to medicine is nothing short of heroic. For these men and women to work side by side with our medical teams at West Chester Hospital is truly an honor and we could not be more pleased with the opportunity to support our military.”

To learn more about West Chester Hospital, please visit www.UCHealth.com/WestChesterHospital. For additional information regarding this announcement, please contact the West Chester Hospital Public Relations Department member identified below.

CONTACT: Deb Titlebaum
Manager, Public Relations & Marketing
(513) 298-7782


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