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.
As a division of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, we provide 911 services to residents of Denver, as well as the cities of Glendale, Sheridan, Englewood, and the Skyline Fire Protection District. The Denver Health Paramedic Division employs 215 paramedics, 20 emergency medical technicians (EMTs), a command staff of 31, and nearly an additional 100 employees in communications, education, vehicle, and administration support. We responded to more than 117,000 calls for Emergency Medical Services in 2018
Through the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute, Denver Health Paramedics provides for EMT training and paramedic training, as well as continuing education and community training. In 2015, 32 new paramedics and 82 new EMTs graduated from our prestigious program. Visit our education page to learn how to become a paramedic through our paramedic school.
Name: Sara Harper
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland but I’ve been in Denver for 11 years so this is home!
What you do for a living? I’m one of two Clerical Support Specialists for the Paramedic Division so I process payroll, act as Custodian of Medical Records, pay bills, etc.
Favorite Food: Mashed potatoes – I’d eat a literal bucket of them if given the opportunity.
If you were a pro baseball player, what would your “walkup song” be? This is the hardest question ever and I think the song would change often but right now it would probably be “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo.
Favorite vacation destination: I have many more places I’d like to see but Santorini or Barcelona are my two favorite places on Earth thus far – good music, beautiful beaches and scenery, and people that really value enjoying life are some of my favorite things.
What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy being able to work closely with paramedics without actually working as a first responder. I answered 911 for 4 years and though it was incredibly rewarding work, it was exhausting and stressful. Now I do more behind the scenes work making sure that our medics have what they need to succeed and that the admin side of things runs smoothly!
Tell us something people may not know about you: I’m half British – my mum was born in the UK but I was born here. I have a dual citizenship which is pretty great to have.
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