May 30, 2019—At Acadian Companies’ annual company meeting on May 8, 2019, Education Coordinator Stacey Kaizer was recognized as the 2019 National EMS Academy Employee of the Year. A division of Acadian, National EMS Academy’s primary objective is to provide education and training to those seeking to enter the emergency medical services industry.

Photo: Dr. Charles Burnell (left) presents Stacey Kaizer (right) with the National EMS Academy Employee of the Year award.

A native of Houma, Louisiana, Kaizer came to Acadian Ambulance in 1997 as a paramedic for the ground and Air Med divisions. After 10 years in the field, she moved on to become an education coordinator with the National EMS Academy. She instructs EMT and Anatomy and Physiology students and assists with instructing Paramedic classes.

Kaizer’s dedication and skills really began to shine when the National EMS Academy needed to build and implement a new online hybrid program. “In order to accomplish this task, Stacey, along with several of her peers, attended an online instructional design course sponsored by NEMSA in 2017,” said Gifford Savaria, Education Manager. “Stacey then took it a step further and accepted responsibility for leading the development of the hybrid EMT program. Since that time, Stacey has expanded her skill set and learned a great deal about instructional design, curriculum development, and project management.”

Kaizer led a team for more than a year and saw the hybrid EMT project to completion and successful implementation. “Her willingness to accept new challenges and work outside of her comfort zone has benefited her both professionally and personally. Stacey has demonstrated her commitment to providing high quality education to our students and challenging herself and others to reach beyond their perceived capabilities. For these reasons it is a pleasure to award Stacy with our division’s Employee of the Year Award,” Saravia continued.

National EMS Academy offers entry-level, continuing education and refresher courses for a number of EMS career pathways, including EMTs and paramedics. They are a nationally accredited EMS training facility with locations in Louisiana and Texas, and are an authorized American Heart Association Training Center for CPR and ECC courses.

Since 1971, Acadian has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, and transportation.


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