The Denver Health Paramedic Division is the sole provider of emergency medical services for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide professional, compassionate and clinically excellent care to every patient, with every encounter, through a culture of integrity and continuous improvement.
A division of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, we provide 911 services to residents of Denver, as well as the cities of Glendale, Sheridan and Englewood and the Skyline Fire Protection District. The Denver Health Paramedic Division employs 215 paramedics, 20 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and has a command staff of 31. We responded to 106,715 calls in 2015.
Through the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute, Denver Health Paramedics provides training for EMTs and paramedics, as well as continuing education and community training. In 2015, 32 new paramedics and 82 new EMTs graduated from our prestigious program.
Join us for this months presentation of Paramedics at the Podium
Pearls for a deadly flu season and sick pediatric patients presented by Art Pliaconis
Hometown: Vail, Colorado
What you do for a living: This is a complicated question for me. My “real” job is a being a Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. There I teach statistics, clinical psychology, psychopharmacology and behavioral neuroscience. Being a full time academic permits me flexibility about how I spend my time. I spend about a day and-a-half a week inside the hospital as an attending psychologist on a consult team. We see patients not admitted to psych, but who need our help. And the best thing that I get to do is be a Denver Paramedic. I have been in EMS for 30 years and I am really fortunate that I still get to run calls and treat patients in field settings.
Favorite food: Gin
If you were a baseball player, what would your “walkup song” be: I've Got Friends in Low Places, - Garth Brooks
Favorite vacation destination: New York
What do you enjoy about your job? I am so very fortunate to get to do a lot of things I really enjoy. I like that all of my jobs involve teaching.
Tell us something people may not know about you: I have an identical twin brother named Will who is also a paramedic.