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First Lady Permanente helps Turlock save lives
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Students listen during a safety training course at First Lady Permanente. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Type of business: Safety training center


Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Location: 921 Geer Road


Contact information: 209-250-1200


Specialty: CPR and First Aid training


The large, two-building structure at 921 Geer Road has seen its fair share of businesses come and go, but the organization that now calls the location home will surely be here to stay, giving Turlock residents and professionals the opportunity to learn valuable, life-saving skills. First Lady Permanente, LLC Education Center is an American Heart Association certified training center that offers weekly courses in CPR, First Aid, Pharmacology and various other subjects.

The center offers a range of reliable courses in adult, child and infant CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, First Aid and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation, just to name a few. Though the corporate office is located in Turlock, the center also operates sites in Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Manteca.

The center also offers prerequisites for students going on to different programs, as well as courses for current health care professionals who may need them for work. First Lady Permanente provides courses for corporate divisions that may need their employees to be certified and is currently looking into various programs to offer the public, including Certified Nurse Assistant programs and Phlebotomy Technician programs.

“Hands-on training is more effective than online training,” said Training Center Coordinator and Regional Executive Officer Sarah Wagner. “It is evident that with hands-on training, an individual’s chance of surviving increases.”

The faculty at First Lady Permanente are active respiratory therapists, registered nurses and paramedics that have real, hands-on experience to share with every pupil. All courses are open to the community, and online blended e-learning is available as well. According to Wagner, the center works with Merced and Stanislaus County Worknet to ensure that those who cannot afford the courses are enrolled in funding programs that will allow them to participate.

“Since we’re a higher education center, are local and provide quality instruction, our prices reflect that,” said Wagner. “We try to provide very classy, upscale classes for people.”

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