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PRESS PHOTO BY JENNIFER BODISCHRussell Clelland, immediate past chair Cetronia Ambulance Corps; Frank Ford, president of St. Luke’s Allentown; Ellen Millard-Kern, chief of staff from the office of state Rep. Pat Browne, R-16th,; Beverly Snyder, vice president of Patient Care Services at St. Luke’s and Cetronia Ambulance Corps board of trustees member; and Larry Wiersch, CEO Cetronia Ambulance PRESS PHOTO BY JENNIFER BODISCHRussell Clelland, immediate past chair Cetronia Ambulance Corps; Frank Ford, president of St. Luke’s Allentown; Ellen Millard-Kern, chief of staff from the office of state Rep. Pat Browne, R-16th,; Beverly Snyder, vice president of Patient Care Services at St. Luke’s and Cetronia Ambulance Corps board of trustees member; and Larry Wiersch, CEO Cetronia Ambulance

Cetronia and St. Luke’s dedicate new community education center

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH Special to The Press in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps and St. Luke’s University Health Network commemorated Oct. 21, 2015 the dedication of the St. Luke’s Community Education Center, located at the corner of Broadway and Parkway Road, South Whitehall Township,

The large building is a new resource for EMS professionals, healthcare providers and the community.

The dedication ceremony was attended by executives from Cetronia Ambulance and St. Luke’s as well as representatives from a multiple federal, state and local government offices.

Larry Wiersch, chief executive officer of Cetronia Ambulance Corps, stated that embracing change, finding partners, and facing unknowns head on through education are the cornerstones of the organization’s aims.

“Words can only begin to express how truly grateful we are for the partnerships we have in our community,” said Wiersch. “Together we can achieve much greater things than by going it alone.”

According to Wiersch, the center builds upon a commitment to never to stop learning by creating an environment where all first responders, health care and community can come together and share experiences and first-hand knowledge, which ultimately improves upon the overall health and well-being of residents.

Frank Ford, president at St. Luke’s Allentown, credited the persistent efforts of Wiersch and Cetronia Ambulance Corps with making the center a reality.

“Larry is always after what’s best for this community and what’s best for Cetronia Ambulance,” said Ford. “This center is a tribute to Cetronia’s commitment to providing outstanding care.”

“We like to think of ourselves at St. Luke’s as good partners; and always, always, we put the patient first.”

“If you find yourself needing that emergency care, you call Cetronia and you’re guaranteed that you’ll get to that next level of care with the most profession high quality you can receive.”

“When you come to St. Luke’s, that commitment continues,” he said. “This is a partnership that is just wonderful for both organizations, but most important, wonderful for the people who get these services.”

Beverly Snyder, vice president of patient care services at St. Lukes echoed Ford’s sentiments.

“Two very important components of the mission of St. Luke’s University Health Network are to educate physicians, nurses and health care providers; and more importantly, to improve access to care in the communities that we serve.”

According to Snyder, the center is helping to meet the needs of the growing St. Luke’s community, while supporting Cetronia’s efforts for education.

The St. Luke’s Community Education Center has the capacity to hold nearly 100 people in a classroom setting.

As part of its non-profit, community based mission, Cetronia Ambulance Corps is dedicated to ongoing education and routinely holds CPR/AED, and First Aid Courses along with regular continuing education programs for its EMS personnel.

The center will be a resource of lifesaving knowledge, skill honing and sharing of vital information for professionals and residents.

According to Snyder, St. Luke’s will sponsor a free community lecture series at the center focusing on personal health and wellness; encouraging people to embrace their own health and health of loved ones.