Paramedic Chosen EMS Instructor of the Year

Posted on 05/03/2018

Arlington Heights Firefighter Paramedic Andrew Hansen has been selected as the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Instructor of the Year based on his commitment to education and efforts to improve the quality of patient care provided throughout the Northwest Community Hospital system and beyond.  

Firefighter Paramedic Hansen has been instrumental in educating EMS professionals both in Illinois and throughout the country.  He has spent years coordinating and teaching medical device training labs for EMS agencies, National EMS conferences and the Military. 

On a regional level, he identified a need to improve the intubation success rates and performed evidence-based research to develop a specific video laryngoscopy technique. He then created and oversaw the trial program and, with the assistance of Dr. Matthew Jordan, EMS Medical Director, personally taught every system Paramedic. The result was an increase in intubation success rates not seen anywhere in the country. Last year he received a Commendation from the Northwest Community EMS System for his “exemplary spirit to others and commitment to excellent, evidence-based care.”

On May 21, Andrew Hansen will be recognized at a Village Board meeting for his outstanding EMS Instructor of the Year accomplishment. The Board recognition is a great kick-off to the May 20 – May 26 Illinois Emergency Medical Services Week.