By Jared Chanski —
Cody Davis, Van Horn native, is the most recent addition to the
ambulance team at Culberson Hospital, announced Angie Wyatt, director of
the hospital's emergency medical services (EMS) department.
Davis credits Wyatt and other members of the hospital staff for
helping him to pass the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) basic exam
this summer. “I began working at the hospital in January as a nurse aide
while studying for the EMT test,” said Davis. “Anytime I had a
question, the staff would provide an explanation in real, every day
terms,” he continued, “and no one ever refused to help.
Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the coverage area for the
Culberson Hospital EMS department encompasses all 3,812 square miles of
Culberson County, including the more remote areas of the county such as
the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and various wind turbine sites
located in the surrounding mountains.
In addition, the Culberson Hospital EMS department covers about 120 miles of I-10.
Graduating from Van Horn High School in 2011, he began his health
career in high school working as a student sports medicine trainer for
the various athletic teams all four years. In his junior year, he also
attended a nurse aide program offered by Culberson Hospital. After high
school, he worked part time in the Culberson County Sheriff's Office,
first as an emergency dispatcher and later as the jail administrator.
“I think it is in my blood,” he said. Davis is the son of Bill
Davis, a regional fire coordinator for the Texas Forest Service. Norma
Carrasco, Davis' mother, is a former teacher who now works at the talc
plant as an administrative assistant.
The tuition reimbursement program at Culberson Hospital also
contributed to Davis' decision to attend the EMT training program at
“Tuition reimbursement is a very important part of our recruitment
and retention program,” reported Jared Chanski, Culberson Hospital
administrator. “We are always excited about the opportunity to help
hospital staff and local residents like Cody to advance their education
in health care.”