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“Back in the 70s there was a group of black ambulance attendants called the Hunton Lifesaving Crew based in Roanoke, VA. I went to church with one of the attendants who arranged for me to visit the rescue squad building. From there it seems to be a passion that grew into a calling.”
Sherwin Stewart, Vice President of Operations at Sentara CarePlex Hospital, began his healthcare career back in 1989 while a senior in high school when he joined the Hollins Road Volunteer Fire Department. Through service and education, he earned his paramedic license and was recruited to Jackson, Mississippi. He quickly rose through the ranks, being promoted from a field paramedic to the county’s 911 EMS Call Center Communications Manager.
While in this position he realized he had a passion to teach, and just like he had done as a paramedic, Sherwin rose quickly through the ranks of academia. At a local career college Sherwin went from adjunct professor to Director of Allied Health Programs and was soon promoted to Dean of Academics and later Campus Director.