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Community Education a Priority for Carroll County Memorial Hospital

August 22, 2018

Tammy Crawford teaching hands-only CPR to students at Tina-Avalon.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital has been offering a variety of educational services and classes to Carrollton and the surrounding area for many years.

Tammy Crawford, LPN and Infection Control Coordinator, began her career at CCMH in 1989. She has been teaching first aid and CPR-related classes to staff, schools, businesses and individuals since 2008. Specific classes include BLS (healthcare provider CPR), Heartsaver CPR AED, Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED and American Heart Association Bloodborne Pathogen training.

“In 2018 spending 20 years in a position is remarkable,” said Jeff Tindle, CCMH CEO. "Spending 30 years is rare and says so much about the person and their relationship to the organization. We are about to celebrate a 30 year milestone for Tammy Crawford, LPN.  It is almost impossible to describe what Tammy does for CCMH because she does so much.  She jokes that she was born here (literally) and has spent most of her adult life at CCMH. She has worked with all 3 of the hospital CEOs, including my father Jack L. Tindle Jr, who was CEO when she started her career with CCMH. We are so proud and honored that Tammy is a member of the CCMH Team.”

CCMH has a strong history of providing education with many involved. For example, employee Barbara Smith, RN teaches ACLS (advanced cardiovascular life support) courses. Barbara has been a part of the CCMH Team for a notable 28 years. Outside instructors also come to the CCMH campus to teach PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and S.T.A.B.L.E (sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support) courses to staff.

Specific entities that Tammy has worked with over the years include Carroll House, Life Care Center of Carrollton, Spring Manor, Bartlett Grain Company, Dr. Poston’s office, Dr. McCoy’s office, Guardian Angel Day Care, Rodenberg Diversified, Hometown Pharmacy, Norborne, Hale, Tina-Avalon, and Bosworth schools, and various girl scout troops. And the list continues to grow.

“Tammy loves to teach, she keeps you engaged, helps the community, and is passionate about CPR,” Cindy Gilman, CCMH Director of Quality and Interim Associate Chief Nursing Officer, said.

If a group is interested in getting a class set up, they can call the hospital at 660-542-1695 and ask for Tammy. She can take no less than three, with six being the recommended number per class. If a larger number is needed, additional options can be explored. There is also a fee, which covers the cost of books required for the class.

Information Tammy will need to collect from an interested individual includes the type of CPR certification needed, number of people to be certified, and when the certification needs to be completed.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.