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In 2011, Mike was promoted to Director, PAH/LAH/PKR/CRAHC EMS Team. Mike joined the EMS team in 2010. In a previous life, Mike was a Captain/Paramedic with the Sierra Vista (Arizona) Fire Department, where he retired in 2007 after 23 years of service. In 2008 Mike became the Assistant Director of Allied Health programs at Cochise Community College, located in Southeastern Arizona. He was directly responsible for community college oversight for campuses in Douglas, Benson, Willcox, and Nogales. Mike has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and present EMS-related topics to a variety of audiences. Mike and his wife Sam have been married since 1986 and have two children - Moe and Lacey. Mike enjoys hiking, biking, playing music and spending time with his family. Send Mike an e-mail
A.A.S. Fire Science Technology, Cochise CollegeB.S. Biology, University Of DubuqueM.S. Executive Fire Service Leadership, Grand Canyon UniversityExecutive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy
David Sanko, B.A, NREMT-P, EMS Team Manager, joined our EMS team in 2001. Dave is usually found in the EMS office in the E.D. at PKR Hospital working on a variety of EMS projects and educational programs, and operational responsibilities for the EMS team. Dave is a course director for ACLS, and PALS. His EMS background in the region is substantial and he is well known in the EMS community having been active in all facets of EMS and EMS education in private and public EMS and fire agencies. His EMS career began in 1982 as an EMT with Reed Ambulance followed by paramedic training under Dr. Gerald Gordon. He then continued as a field paramedic, volunteer firefighter, flight paramedic and EMS educator. Dave and his wife Jan have been married since 1990 and have two children, Halee and Ryan. They enjoy golf, camping, hunting and soccer. Send Dave an e-mail
B.A. Psychology, Boston University
Mary, (affectionately known as "Sweet On"), has been with us since 1999. She keeps everything and everyone coordinated through her office at PAH, 980 East Harvard, 2nd floor, Stansbury Hall. Mary has two daughters, a son and several grandchildren. She states that she had no EMS or medical experience prior to starting here and "has learned everything she knows through the school of hard knocks." Mary enjoys gardening, crafts, bike riding, and reading during her time off. She is also involved in women's prison ministries, Belle Bonfils Blood Center, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other community-affiliated activities. Email Mary
Secretarial Sciences, Denver Business College
Clancy joined our EMS team in 2008, Clancy has been a paramedic since 1998 and is most often found at her office near Conference Room 5, 1st floor at LAH where her primary role is overseeing EMS Research, Q.A., and Q.I while also sharing a great sense of humor. She was recognized at the JEMS EMS Today Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 1st, 2012 as an "EMS Top 10 Innovator for 2012." Clancy shares that she has children, two black Labrador retrievers, and a few squirrels. She enjoys hiking, reading and doing statistics, (preferably with coffee in hand) during her down time. Email Clancy
B.A. Spanish, University Of Colorado; M.S. Health Services Administration (MHA), Regis University
"Jo Jo" is an administrative assistant for our EMS team and is primarily located at PKR. Joane joined our EMS team in early 2007, having previously taken EMT classes and she worked in the Elbert County Sheriff's department, prior to 20 plus years of secretarial experience. She and her husband, Steve, enjoy riding motorcycles and traveling. She also enjoys singing at church, oil painting and sewing "Gucci" bags. Joane states that she is happy being a part of this team and proud of the agencies that we work with. Jo Jo can be reached via office phone is 303-269-4786 or e-mail Joane.
Psychology and Secretarial Science, Baker Business CollegeMedical Secretarial and Transcription, Muskegon Community CollegeCurrently working on her Associates Degree in General Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Colorado Christian University
Jena joined the Centura EMS staff in October 2011 & comes to us from the Kansas City Missouri area. She brings with her over 20 years of Fire, EMS, Emergency Dept & Education experience. Jena became a paramedic in the early 90’s and worked in the streets for 10 years before moving into the critical care setting as Chief Flight Paramedic for LifeNet of Kansas City. After leaving LifeNet, she served as a flight paramedic for Loyola Lifestar in Chicago, IL and CCEMTP instructor for Loyola University EMS Ed. Upon returning to Kansas City, Jena wanted to do patient care in the ED setting and worked for St. Luke’s Health System for several years while continuing to work in the field for a Fire based EMS service. After deciding to settle down in the education side of things, Jena served as an Instructor & the Clinical Coordinator for Central Jackson County Fire EMS Education Division, providing primary paramedic and EMT training as well coordinating all clinical experiences within those programs.
Jena holds instructor status in BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, AMLS. Mrs. Ferguson enjoys mtn biking, hiking, skiing and fishing in her spare time and always brings her furry sidekicks, Kirby & Emma, along on her outdoor adventures. Jena will most often be found at the EMS office at Parker & Porter. Send Jena an e-mail.
Paramedic Graduate – Medical Center of Independence. CCEMTP – Loyola University EMS Education / UMBC Program, currently working toward B.S. in Health Care Management – North Central Missouri University
Jeff joined the EMS team in 2002 and is most often found around PAH, preparing education programs and identifying quality improvement opportunities with our EMS agencies. He also is the lead coordinator and instructor for our community outreach program, CPR for Family and Friends. Jeff has two daughters and says "say no more." He enjoys the finer things in life such as barbequing the perfect brisquet. When not at barbequing or spending with the EMS team, Jeff can be found at his full time job, as a lieutenant with Denver Fire Department. Send Jeff an e-mail.
B.S. Biology and Chemistry, Metro State University
Judy Jo joined the EMS Team in the summer of 2013 after a 40 year career as an RN, most of it spent in Emergency Care. Judy’s role in EMS is to assist with QA, QI, and Research that is being conducted by the EMS team. She hopes to apply the findings to change practice and in to improve patient care. Judy obtained her BSN in 1973 and MSN in 1978 after a tour as a Navy Nurse in San Diego. Judy spent 10 years as a Nurse Practitioner in the mountains of Westcliffe, Colorado, and for the past 12 years has been a staff nurse, clinical coordinator, and nurse educator in the ED at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She has been a Certified Emergency Nurse for the past 8 years and was a Florence Nightingale Award Finalist in 2002. She and her husband have 2 boys, love the mountains, and enjoy hiking, biking, vegetable gardening, and kayaking. At home you will find Judy quilting, cooking, and card making. Contact Judy
RN, BSN, MSN University of Colorado
Ryan joined the EMS team in 2008 and can most often be reached at LAH where his primary role as a Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement and Research Specialist is improving patient outcomes through QA/QI and Research. Ryan has been active in the emergency services field since 1996 as a field paramedic in Texas and New Jersey. He taught EMS and Disaster classes for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Texas Southwestern. Ryan enjoys photography and spending time with his wife Melanie and their beautiful twin daughters, Charlotte Alice and Ella Sophia born this past July (2012). Send Ryan an e-mail
B.A. Management Information Systems, Texas A&MM.S. Emergency Health Services and Graduate Certificate Emergency Management University Of Maryland Baltimore County
Lee became an Associate with LAH in June of 2011. Prior to that Lee started his EMS career in Kotzebue Alaska, working as Fire Fighter, EMT, Search and Rescue member and eventually Clinical Educator. Lee returned to his home state of Colorado and obtained his A.S. degree in Paramedicine through Arapahoe Community College and Swedish Paramedic Program. For the next 19 years, Lee worked as a Paramedic with Ambulance Service Company / AMR in both the 911 and interfacility arena, the last three of those years as Clinical & Education Coordinator. Lee went to Summit County Ambulance Service and obtained his certificate as a CCEMTP while working in the hills. In his spare time, Lee enjoys playing his drums, running, and time with his family. Send Lee an e-mail.
General studies – Adams State College, A.S. in Paramedicine from Arapahoe Community College. Paramedic Graduate – Swedish Medical Center. CCEMTP – Eastern New Mexico University / UMBC Program, currently working toward B.S. in Health Care Management - CSU Global
Joining the EMS team in 2012, Brian is an EMS Educator and will be found primarily at Littleton Adventist Hospital in the EMS office. Brian began his career in EMS in 1977 and worked in the private sector for three years before joining the Chicago Fire Department. Prior to joining the team, Brian was the Director of the North Lake County EMS System in Waukegan, Illinois. He enjoys giving back to the EMS Community through teaching. Brian has taught the initial training program for paramedics, EMT-Basics and continuing education. He has spoken at numerous conferences and served on several Illinois EMS Advisory Committees for the past 14 years. Brian moved to Colorado to be near his family and enjoys fishing, boating, wood carving, and painting. He and his wife Jewel have been married since 1985. They have three children, and one grandchild that he enjoys spoiling. Contact Brian.
A.S. Associate Science, McHenry County College, B.A. Independent Studies, Columbia College, M.B.A. Maters Business Administration, Benedictine University
Dr. Riccio joined the EMS team in 1990. Dr. Riccio is well known in the EMS community and has been an EMS Medical Director for the past 18 years. He continues this role today in addition to his E.D. physician clinical rotations at PAH, LAH and PKR. John, his wife Jennifer, and their three daughters, Erin, Elise, and Julianna, enjoy hiking, skiing, golfing, bicycling, and generally enjoying the great Western outdoors. Dr. Riccio received the distinguished Dr. Valentine E. Wohlauer Physician Excellence in EMS award in 2008. E-mail John.
B.S. Biology, Bates College; M.D. Doctor of Medicine, Dartmouth College; Residency Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center
Dr. Apfelbaum joined our EMS team in 2012. He is usually found at one of our South Denver Group Emergency Departments as an E.D. physician with the EPPH group. He has been involved in EMS since 1986 when he was a member of the University of VT Rescue Squad as first responder and is the current Medical Director, Weber State Univ. Paramedic program, Ogden UT, since 2001.
His background and experiences include various EMS activities from Wilderness Medicine through rural and urban EMS, “small to huge” as he puts it. He has also been involved in Tactical EMS with the FBI, as well as both technical and water rescue. He has enjoyed participating in special events coverage such as NFL games, NASCAR races, and concerts. Referring to his story in the Summer Edition of ON ALERT, he was a “first responder” at the Reno Air Race disaster in 2011. He was also the medical director on scene at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1999 when a tire went into the stands.
Dr. Apfelbaum turns to his interest in aviation to step back from medicine. He has been a pilot since his teenage years and built his own plane, a Glastar. He also enjoys photography, travel, and playing with his dog. E-mail Dr. Apfelbaum.
BS - Animal Science, Univ of Vermont; MD - Univ of Utah, Residency in emergency medicine - Denver Health Medical Center; EMS Fellowship - Carolinas Medical Center.
Dr. Eby joined the team in 1998 and is the EMS Medical Director for Littleton Fire Rescue, Wind Crest, Lockheed Martin, Littleton Fire Dispatch and METCOM Dispatch. Prior to joining the team, Dr. Eby was the Medical Director for Aurora Fire Department and he has served as medical director for Colorado Urban Search & Rescue and medical tram manager Colorado Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). Dr. Eby was also a paramedic and F.I. at Denver General Hospital Paramedic Division for 12 years prior to medical school. He also received the distinguished Dr. Valentine E. Wohlauer Award for Physician excellence in EMS in 2002. Dr. Eby remains active in many areas of regional EMS serving on State advisory boards since 2000, he received a Governor appointed position in 2002 to Board of Medical Examiners and in 2008 to SEMTAC under the board-certified emergency physician role. E-mail Dr. Eby.
B.S. Biology, University Of Colorado; Paramedic Program, CAPE; M.D. Doctor of Medicine, University Of Colorado; Residency Emergency Medicine, Maricopa Medical Center
Many of you know me. I’ve been an attending physician in the Porter and Littleton ERs for nearly 15 years. However, most recently, I’ve assumed the role of EMS medical director at the Porter Adventist Hospital emergency department. In addition to my medical degree, I also hold an MBA. As such, my mind naturally looks to find the better, faster and cheaper alternative to medical problems. I enjoy working with teams to look at processes and figure out how to make them better.
Most recently, I worked with Tom McDermott, a nurse manager at Porter, to create a new CT Direct program. For stroke patients who meet the criteria for thrombolytics administration (within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms), this can make a huge difference. The program is just getting started, but the early results are exciting. Stroke patients are getting their CT scans immediately after they arrive at the ER, and CT reads are completed within 10 minutes, roughly half the time it was taking previously.
One of my goals for 2012 is to continue to develop the Quality Improvement Program for Centura Health’s Prehospital Emergency Services Team with Ryan Mayfield, manager of the team’s Center for Quality, Integration and Research (CEQIR). We are working to identify key performance indicators (like how long it takes for a stroke patient to get a CT scan) so that Centura can do its part to move the science of EMS care forward. This is important work because, as you probably know if you work in the EMS area, there is a lack of outcomes-focused research in our discipline. I look forward to working with our nationally recognized EMS staff to further the science of EMS and improve patient care.
I do my best to counteract life becoming too dry and analytical by playing drums or keyboards. Lately, when I’m not working, you can find me playing keys with my indie rock band, Birdy. Stop by the Hi-Dive or Larimer Lounge and say hi. My kids — Ruby, 12, and twins Lila and Scarlett, 7 —also provide a few distractions. My wife, Aya, and I live in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood. Although I’m a California Bay Area kid, we’ve called Denver home for 18 years and I’m probably more of a Coloradan than a Californian, although I’m sure there are some of you who might argue that point. So, that’s my story. Nice to meet you! Please say hello next time you’re at Porter.
B.A. Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University; M.D. Doctor of Medicine, UCLA; Residency Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center; MBA, University of Colorado.
I am delighted to come on as a member of the South Denver Centura EMS team as of late 2012. I look forward to working with the EMS professionals in the region as an associate medical director with the EMS team.
I began my medical career in EMS, back in the late 90's when I was working in the ice rink industry. I decided that the part of my job I enjoyed the most was when patrons of the ice rink got hurt, and I was put in the role of caring for them until EMS arrived. This led me to EMT-Basic school at Denver Health. After graduating, I quickly transitioned from the ice rink industry to EMS full-time, working with Pridemark Paramedics for about a year until I moved to Northglenn Ambulance, working in the field primarily in Commerce City, CO. I then attended paramedic school at Denver Health and completed about 3/4 of the program before leaving to enter medical school. The rest, as they say, is history. After graduating the Denver Health Emergency Medicine residency in 2011, I took a position with EPPH as an attending physician in the South Denver Centura emergency departments.
I have been the medical director for Gunnison Valley and Hinsdale County EMS departments on the western slope of Colorado since early 2012, and enjoy vacationing in this area as well. My amazing wife and two incredible boys and I live in the southeast metro area but we make it up to the mountains and the Gunnison/Lake City area every chance we get. I also enjoy playing ice hockey (I'm a goalie), hiking, biking, ice fishing, and whatever other adventure comes our way.
I look forward to a long and productive career working with the EMS agencies in South Denver!
B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. MD, University of Colorado. Residency, Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine
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