Faculty Member Named Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services 2015 Educator of the Year
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • October 15, 2015)—Robert “Bubba” Hamilton, Delaware County Community College’s Paramedic Education coordinator, was recently chosen as the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 2015 Educator of the Year.
Hamilton, 43, of Brookhaven, is the first Delaware County Community College educator and the first Delaware County resident ever to have received the award. “Receiving this award is certainly one of the highlights of my career,” he said. “I am truly blessed to have worked alongside of, and learned from so many talented EMS providers and educators. I credit my success and the success of our programs to being able to surround myself and our students with great educators and doing all that I can to remain a student of EMS myself.”
Hamilton has been a paramedic for 24 years, serving in the capacity of critical-care paramedic, flight paramedic and 911-paramedic, a post in which he still practices today. He has been an EMS educator for 19 years, teaching many disciplines, including Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, and Geriatric Education for EMS, as well as serving as an American Heart Association instructor for CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Since February 2014, Hamilton has been the Paramedic Education coordinator at Delaware County Community College. He also is an EMS instructor at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.
“We are all very proud of our Paramedic program and are fortunate to have Bubba as our Paramedic Education coordinator,” said Elaine E. Karr Remington, director of the College’s Emergency Services Education.
The Educator of the Year Award is given to one deserving EMS educator each year who has contributed to the development and growth of EMS education in the Commonwealth. To be eligible, the recipient must be a certified Pennsylvania EMS instructor, or education professional, who has advanced EMS education in the following areas: leadership in the advancement of instructional techniques; serving as an instructor in basic and/or advanced life support programs; and public information and education programs focused on health, safety, or community EMS awareness.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the Commonwealth’s EMS system. Although already announced, the Educator of the Year award will be officially presented at the 2015 Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute’ dinner on November 21 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
About 84 percent of EMTs are educated by community colleges, according to “First Responders Community Colleges on the Front Line of Security,” a 2006 report by the American Association of Community Colleges which cites information gathered from the National Education Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.