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Christine Bunting

Manager of Corporate Training, Mississippi Blood Services

The importance of training is definitely not lost on Christine Bunting. She has had an exemplary career training trainers to be ready for whatever life and nature present. A resident of Brandon, she serves as manager of corporate training for Mississippi Blood Services in Jackson.

In that position she designs and conducts orientation training for all positions develops formal and written training courses and develops curriculum and writes online training courses. Prior to joining Mississippi Blood Services, she was manger of training for McAlister’s Deli and LeFleur Transportation.

She is also an instructor for various Red Cross courses, a responsibility this genuine trainer takes seriously. “It’s vital for our communities to train first responders so firemen, law enforcement officers, lifeguards, nurses and EMTs can maintain life saving certificates,” Bunting said. “I am certified in a series of disaster courses with the federal government so that in the event of a major disaster or terrorist attack I am able to map a strategy of operation to continue the life giving need of a viable blood supply.”

Michael Carlisle, fleet director and state director of operations of LeFleur Transportation of Mississippi, has worked extensively with Bunting on projects that were instrumental in changing the overall focus of the company’s business model.

“Through Christine’s dedication and hard work she reshaped LeFleur Transportation into a company that is a model in our industry for safety,” Carlisle said. “She is an independent, self-directed person who is always able to communicate effectively and meet the most demanding challenges.”

Bunting is proud of her work with LeFleur Transportation where she was hired because of state-mandated training for non-emergency transportation. That designation is defined as those who are being transported for medical need but in a non-emergency status.

“Upon hire, I was given a piece of paper listing 13 items that each driver was to be trained in and subsequently demonstrate on-going competency in. I was able to elicit proven curriculum that I had either become certified to instruct or wrote programs that were approved by each state with which LeFleur was contracted to provide transportation,” she said.

Once the training program was completed, she was tasked with developing an audit program to reduce vehicle accidents as the company was facing losing insurance coverage. “Unlike a carrier service, non-emergency medical transportation delivers humans and the cost of an accident is high with the ultimate cost resulting in death,” she said. “Even a seemingly minor incident can be detrimental to an already injured or ill person. However, in this type of transportation we had to be cognizant of the type of individuals we were transporting. Many of our clients were weak, frail and extremely ill and their proper handling was critical.”

Bunting considers the second phase of training more important because it involved the creation of an audit program. The most crucial aspect was reliant upon the audit form which was the foundational piece of the process.

“Zurich, which insured LeFleur a couple of years, as well as Liberty Mutual, sent staff to sit in on the training and ride along with me and/or some of my staff during audits in Mississippi, Georgia and Texas,” she recalls. “Zurich was so pleased with the program they asked if we would allow them to share the written program’s concept with other transportation companies as a means of requirement to be insured with Zurich.”

She is closely involved with her two God children and is a leader in the Cornerstone Church where she helps develop policy, facilitates leader meetings and teaches in the young adult/college department.

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