Uniontown Hospital recently awarded a scholarship for continued education in the emergency medical services field.
Don Drew, who works as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Fairchance Ambulance Service and EMS Southwest, has been named the recipient of the Cataldo F. Corrado, Jr., MD Emergency Medical Service Scholarship, funded by Uniontown Hospital.
Drew, who served 18 months in U.S. Navy, suffered a severe knee injury and was honorably discharged as a result of his injury, has been an EMT for more than ten years.
In addition to his work as an EMT, Drew is also a volunteer firefighter with Fairchance Volunteer Fire Department.
Drew has overcome two learning disabilities – dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and now helps to provide volunteer assistance for a local non-profit organization that works with abused children.
Uniontown Hospital initiated the scholarship in conjunction with Penn State in honor of Dr. Corrado, who played a pivotal role in the establishment and the continued growth of emergency medical services in Fayette County.
The $1,500 scholarship will be used to obtain certification as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic through Penn State Fayette’s Center for Community and Public Safety.
Dr. Corrado currently serves as chair of the Fayette County EMS Council (which he founded in 1972), Medical Director of the Fayette County Paramedic Training and Fayette County 911 Center, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Emergency Medical Services Institute (EMSI).
On staff at Uniontown Hospital since 1966, Dr. Corrado served as Medical Director of the facility’s Emergency Department for 25 years.