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Indian River State College Programs for Students, Veterans, First Responders and Athletes Enhanced by Strategic Partnership with Blue Horizons Group | #schoolsaftey


Indian River State College Programs for Students, Veterans, First Responders and Athletes
Enhanced by Strategic Partnership with Blue Horizons Group

September 19, 2023 Susan Seldes

FORT PIERCE, FL—Indian River State College has entered into a strategic partnership
agreement with Survival Meds LLC, dba Blue Horizons Group (BHG), a step that furthers
the College’s commitment to expanding access to veterans’ services and programs and
provides new clinical experiences for students in Indian River State College Health
Science and Nursing programs.

Under the agreement, BHG, a veteran-owned and operated medical, tactical and education
business, will consolidate its operations at Indian River State College after 15 years
working in individual spaces.

Through a partnership with Emerald Medical LLC, a community care network provider
with the VA, BHG provides primary medical care, behavioral health assessments and
therapy, trauma counseling and substance abuse counseling for about 1,800 active duty,
reserve and retired military members annually. They anticipate serving 8,000 to 10,000
annually at the new facility. Personnel with expertise in biomechanics, kinesiology,
physical therapy, sports medicine, and chiropractic medicine will join BHG to offer
expanded services for high-performance athletes and operators.

Blue Horizon Logo

“This essential partnership creates on-campus, real-world clinical learning experiences
for students in Indian River State College Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, and EMT programs
and brings a new onsite medical and mental health resource to our student veterans,”
said Indian River State College President Dr. Timothy Moore. “BHG’s move to our campus
will enhance opportunities for our students and the community.”

BHG is also a training leader in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC); Survival, Evasion,
Resistance and Escape (SERE); threat assessment and more. BHG will provide training
services to Indian River State College Campus Safety and work cooperatively with the
College’s School of Continuing Education and Treasure Coast Public Safety Training
Complex to jointly develop and deliver certificate programs in the areas of TCCC,
Improvised/Safe House Medicine, Behavioral Health, Restraint Defeat, Threat Assessment
and SERE.

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The new space will additionally allow BHG to expand the production of its tactical,
threat and combat products. Made-to-order IFAK first aid survival kits—assemblages
of life-saving triage supplies—are custom-sized for the unique requirements of homes
and businesses.

“Survival Meds, Emerald Medical and all the partners in Blue Horizons Group were established
to uniquely offer a comprehensive and needed system of health and wellness services
for our active-duty and veteran populations,” explains Mandy Espinal, Chief Operating
Officer. “Our board-certified providers are former Special Forces doctors, physician
assistants, combat medics and nurses. Our approach is to provide a continuum of care
to best care for the men and women who have taken care of us. Moving to Indian River
State College is on mission—providing a central location where we can serve more veterans
and also connect them with IRSC’s educational resources that can further enhance their
futures.”

BHG expects to see patients beginning in October.



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