Lakeview Regional Medical Center's “House Calls” podcast recently kicked off a three-episode series dedicated to careers in healthcare, focusing on the areas of emergency medical services, nursing and surgical services. Each episode visits with local healthcare leaders who speak about the rewards of their respective careers, the type of person that is a good fit for each area, and how to get started in the field.

In the first episode, “411 on 911,” House Calls host Jenny Gensler visits with four experienced EMS professionals, including Andy Bruch, Regional Education Coordinator for NEMSA (National EMS Academy.)

“We need more heroes.” Bruch said. “It's never too early to start investigating careers in emergency medical services. Some high schools offer ‘early explore’ programs. There are also significant sign-on bonuses available right now with some agencies for those who are ready to begin their career.”

Each guest shares how they were drawn to the field of emergency medical services and discuss their specific careers in fire and emergency services, including flight medic roles, working Saints games, and their most memorable moments on the job. The podcast also explains how to get into a career in emergency medical services in Louisiana.

“There is a critical need for more EMTs and paramedics across the nation,” said Gensler, account executive for Tulane Health System, which includes Lakeview Regional Medical Center. “The shortage is due in part to our aging community, but COVID has placed an even greater strain on the profession. Never take for granted that when you call 911, someone is there. Our podcast hopes to play a small part in ensuring that continues to happen.”

House Calls is an ongoing series of conversations with some of the most highly regarded people in the field of medicine addressing topics that are relevant to all of us, such as health insurance, smoking cessation, heart health, distracted driving, do-it-yourself project safety, and more. To listen to the podcasts, visit our podcast page or anywhere you get your podcasts! We are on iHeart, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Castbox and Amazon.