The Medic One Paramedic Training Program gets a $25,000 donation from a man who owes his life to medics who trained there.
On the night of Jan. 2, Sherry Raisbeck dialed 911 to say she had found her husband, Seattle-area businessman and philanthropist James Raisbeck, collapsed in the foyer.
The Seward Park resident says her husband “was at death’s door,” and his life was saved through the efforts of the Medic One paramedics and firefighters from Fire Station 28 who responded to her call.
It was later determined James Raisbeck had suffered an adverse reaction to a medication. Doctors who cared for her husband told Sherry Raisbeck they had “never seen a patient ‘with lab work like that’ walk out of a hospital before,” according to a new release from Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
Wednesday morning, the Raisbecks made a thank-you visit to the fire station.
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Along with their gratitude, the Raisbecks are giving a $25,000 donation to the Medic One Foundation. Raisbeck, who heads Raisbeck Engineering and Raisbeck Commercial Air Group, said he hopes the donation will go toward training a new paramedic.
Moore says the paramedics who treated James Raisbeck are graduates of the Medic One Paramedic Training Program, “widely regarded as the best and most comprehensive training program in the world.”
The program is supported entirely through charitable donations, he said.
“Students undergo 2,500 hours of instruction compared to the national recommendation of 1,100 and have an average of 700 patient contacts, more than three times the national average.
“The training program allows paramedics to provide Advanced Life Support care that, in the past, could only be performed by a licensed physician. It is a major reason why Seattle and King County achieve a survival rate for witnessed, shockable cardiac arrest of 50 percent, more than twice the rate of most cities,” Moore’s release said.
The Sherry and James Raisbeck Foundation has pledged more than $13 million to local organizations — everything from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to the Pacific Northwest Ballet to Cornish College of the Arts.
In August, ground broke for Raisbeck Aviation High School, planned for the Museum of Flight campus. The Raisbecks donated $4 million to help build the new school, which will cost more than $43 million.