Ritz staffers take first aid training

Twenty-five additional ladies and
gentlemen who work on the front lines at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman have
sat the American Heart Association first aid course.

Health Services Authority training
unit instructors Debra Gaffigan, a paramedic, and Catharine Pride, an emergency
room nurse, recently conducted a two-day training at the resort. Employees from
Housekeeping, Water Sports, Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel
Cousteau and other departments with constant guest contact received training as
first aid responders with a focus on CPR and use of the AED. They receive a
completion card valid for two years.

“Debra and Catharine run a
high-energy, interactive program,” said Director of Loss Prevention and Guest
Services Ed Sowinski. “They warm the group up quickly and have them applying
slings and bandages and practicing techniques in no time. It’s standard at The
Ritz-Carlton that all of our Loss Prevention officers are certified, but now we
have tremendous demand among all departments to learn these skills from the HAS
team”

The HSA Training Unit offers
CPR/first aid training courses to Cayman businesses to fund its own ongoing
internal training. The revenue from the courses goes right back into the system
ensuring that HSA has the resources it needs to train staff internally for a
diverse selection of courses pertinent to work environment such as  trauma and emergency resuscitation.

For more information on HSA
Training Unit offerings, please call Karen Pinnock at 244-2874.

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Debra Gaffigan, Ed Sowinski and Catharine Pride celebrate after another successful HSA Training Course at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Photo: Submitted

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