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Career-prep advice from national health care leader

Sept. 22, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University alumnus who heads one of the nation's leading providers of emergency medical services will tell students and other interested members of the public how to prepare for a career in the health care professions when he visits the campus this week.

William A. Sanger, chairman, president and CEO of Denver-based Emergency Medical Services Corp., will speak and answer questions in a free public presentation from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Room 1010 of WMU's Health and Human Services Building. His presentation is titled "What are employers looking for in today's health care professionals? What challenges and opportunities exist for graduating health care professionals?"

Sanger's talk is part of his Sept. 24-25 visit to the campus. He is scheduled to discuss health care reform when he delivers the annual Bill Burian University-Community Lecture to a group of invited community guests Thursday evening, and he will also meet with students and faculty in the health care professions during both days of his visit.

A leader in the health care industry for more than three decades, Sanger heads a company that is America's top supplier of medical transportation and a leading provider of outsourced emergency department and hospital-based physician services in such areas as radiology, anesthesia and emergency medicine. In 2008, his company provided services to 11 million patients in more than 2,000 communities nationwide. Sanger has been in his leadership role at EMSC since 2005. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, he was president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

For more information about Sanger's visit and presentations, contact Patricia Pettinga in the College of Health and Human Services at (269) 387-2654.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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