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B’ville paramedics receive prestigious honor

— Paramedics Barbara Harris and Matthew Cheevers have achieved “regional faculty” designation from the American Heart Association, which is a prestigious honor that few paramedics achieve.

“Barb and Matt are consistently rated by the student population of physicians, nurses and fellow paramedics as exceptionally talented instructors,” said Jay Scott, director of education programs for the Department of Emergency Medicine. “They have each earned this distinction, and I’m very happy for them. I’m proud to call them colleagues.”

Harris serves the Baldwinsville and Cazenovia communities as a paramedic and Cheevers is the director of operations for Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp, as well as a paramedic.

The two are also teachers at Upstate Medical University, Department of Emergency Medicine’s EMSTAT Center teaching the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support classes.

As regional faculty members, Barb and Matt will be asked to take a greater role in planning and administering life support courses. They will also be asked to provide site visits where they will review ACLS, PALS and BLS programs and instructors at other hospitals.

“It would be difficult to find instructors who are more liked and respected than Barb Harris and Matt Cheevers. Their designation as regional faculty is well deserved, and I appreciate their hard work and dedication,” said Heramba Prasad, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the ACLS program.

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