Date: July 21, 2014
Northeast Georgia emergency medical service (EMS) workers recently presented former Athens Technical College Vice President for Academic Affairs Joyce Sansing with a prestigious honor for her longstanding support of emergency care education in the region.
During the 23rd Annual Northeast Georgia EMS Council Banquet held April 30 at the Oconee Civic Center, Dr. Sansing was presented with the EMS Special Achievement Award. The award recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to the development, implementation, and delivery of emergency medical services in Northeast Georgia.
Dr. Sansing has worked at Athens Technical College since 1985 and has been instrumental in moving EMS education forward in the region, officials with the N.E. GA. EMS Council said.
In 1993, the award was presented to Robert Yongue, who had just retired from Athens Technical College. Mr. Yongue began the EMS training program back in the early 1970s, and Dr. Sansing took over the program from him and developed it until her recent retirement. She retired at the end of April after nearly 30 years at the college.
From 1993 to 1998 she headed up the college’s continuing education department, which included the EMS program. Dr. Sansing worked diligently to find the EMS program a permanent classroom, and eventually secured the first permanent location for the program at the old Discount Tire building that included a dedicated class and storage room. She also provided extra funds to secure more equipment that was vital to ensuring continued success of EMS students.
In 1998, Dr. Sansing moved to Academic Affairs and assisted in moving the EMS program into the Academic Affairs division, allowing students to receive college credit for classes in the EMS program.
In 2002, the EMS program was expanded beyond the main campus in Athens to include EMS programs at the Walton County Campus and Elbert County Campus. This allowed for more students to attend EMS classes as well as placing classes in their own local area. And, in 2007, Dr. Sansing was instrumental in resurrecting the Paramedic program at the college.
She was always supportive of efforts to expand the EMS program to outside the college and using funds from this venture to enhance the EMS program by purchasing items such as high fidelity human patient simulators, hepatic devices, and task trainers she was supportive.
Photo caption: Left to right, Chris Threlkeld, Region 10 EMS program director; Dr. Sansing; and Jim Dove, chair of the Northeast Georgia EMS Council.
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