LPSS expands Career Center medical program to meet healthcare demand

The Lafayette Parish School System has expanded the medical program at the W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center because of the need for qualified healthcare professionals needed following the pandemic.

This fall, students will be able to take classes to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Patient Care Technicians (PCT) and Medical Assistants (MA). The EMT class was previously only available at Lafayette High School through the Health Careers Magnet Academy.

LPSS says it is now one of three courses offered by the Career Center to prepare students for careers in emergency medicine and healthcare.

In addition to EMT, classes for Patient Care Technicians and Medical Assistants will be open to LPSS high school juniors and seniors this fall. Because healthcare professionals are in high demand, many employers even offer signing bonuses for new recruits. Acadian Ambulance, for example, is offering $1,000 sign-on bonuses for recent high school graduates with

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Medical Equipment Aggregator Quali55Care Raises Seed Funding From India Accelerator’s Angel Investor Network

The startup will utilize the fresh capital to strengthen and establish its tech support to enable smarter delivery by creating an AI-based recommendation engine for end-users.

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Mumbai-based vendor aggregator of durable medical equipment, Quali55Care announced that it has raised seed funding from India Accelerator’s Angel Investor Network.

The startup will utilize the fresh capital to strengthen and establish its tech support to enable smarter delivery by creating an AI-based recommendation engine for end-users. The startup also aims to create a larger inventory pool across various geographic locations.

The startup claims that though there are several players in the post hospitalization phase, the healthcare sector lacks structured cost-effective medical equipment providers.

Founded in 2018

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URMC offers apology for preferential vaccination treatment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The University of Rochester Medical Center has apologized for offering over two dozen people with connections to the university — including URMC board members — preferential treatment for COVID-19 vaccination.

The apology was sent Sunday to university and medical center leaders from the university president and the medical center’s chief operating officer, WXXI-AM reported.

Sarah Mangelsdorf, the president, and Mark Taubman, the medical center’s CEO, wrote that 26 people with strong ties to the university were invited to register for a vaccine clinic reserved for university employees.

“The registration information was shared with 26 non-employees who were well-connected to the university, including URMC board members and donors,” according to the statement. “These 26 people were all eligible to receive vaccine, but they should not have received preferential treatment by being invited to the clinic.”

The statement did not clarify how many people showed up at the

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