In the United States since 1987, March has been officially observed as Women’s History month. It is a time for us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of important women who have helped shape our lives, our communities, and our county. At Covalent Health we wanted to take this opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate one woman from each of our EMS providers who has been chosen for demonstrating outstanding values and providing significant contributions to our team. We would like to say thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and excellence you bring to our lives.
With over 38 years of experience in EMS, Michelle has held over 22 different positions in her career ranging from Trauma Paramedic, Disaster Response Teams, Volunteer Firefighter, and several instructors’ positions. It is really safe to say that there is no challenge in EMS that is too big for Michelle! She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work in EMS in order to help people when they need it the most. Luckily, her parents supported her dreams by letting her volunteer on ambulances beginning at the age of 14. This year while transporting a pregnant mother from a rural hospital she was able to safely deliver a healthy baby during transport. According to Michelle her biggest achievement in her decorated career is the numerous Paramedics that she has helped train and mentor over the years as an instructor.
When asked what advice she would give to someone looking to start a career in EMS Michelle’s response was, “Never stop learning. Every day and new experience should be an opportunity to further your knowledge and ability to provide exemplary care and pass it along.”
Great advice Michelle!!
Kaitlyn has worked in EMS for a year and a half now and has made a BIG impact on her team during that time. She has held the titles of EMT-B, Field Training Officer, and a Paramedic Student. According to her manager, her station presence and positive attitude as well as the contributing of great ideas make her one of the employees that are taking Priority One to the “Next Level”. Kaitlyn chose to work in EMS because of her genuine interest in helping other people and because of her father who is a Paramedic and made her interested in becoming a part of the EMS world. To date she sees her greatest accomplishment as continuing her education to become a Paramedic and is proud that she has found a new family in the EMS community.
When asked what advice she could give someone starting their career in EMS she exclaimed, “You have to remember that even though you are there to help you cannot always help everyone. At the end of the day, you have to know that you have done your job and you have done your best, and you should always be proud of that.”
Great things ahead in Kaitlyn’s future!
Christy has 13 years of EMS experience under her belt with positions including Crew Chief, Field Training Officer, Field Manager, and Reserve Firefighter. Operating in some of most dangerous areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties she chose to work in EMS to be the one person that people can always rely on in the roughest, toughest, and scariest situations that life can present. She strives to share her compassion and strength with others. Christy was chosen for both her excellence in the field as well as her leadership at the station. She considers her biggest achievement simply helping others, and to feel confident in her capabilities while leading her fellow teammates.
We asked Christy what advice she would give someone choosing to start their career in EMS and her response was, “To have patience, compassion, and love for the job. To give 100% on every call, with every patient. By doing this you will make a difference!”
We believe she is right!
Jennifer has been working in the EMS industry going on 9 years strong and has held the titles of EMT, Rig Chief, Field Training Officer, and Supervisor. Having always been a caring individual, she decided to attend EMS school and fell in love with the industry and the opportunities that it provided her to take care of people in need. She see’s Protransport-1 as her second family and strives to make sure that her fellow crew members are safe and have all the tools they need to succeed in the field. It is no secret why her teammates value her commitment to them! Her proudest achievement is winning the EMS Professional of the Year award from Alameda County, an honor that made her realize that she is exactly where she needs to be and will continue to excel in caring for her teammates and her patients. When asked what advice she would give someone looking to start their career in EMS or Healthcare, Jen advised, “EMS is very rewarding, knowing at the end of the day that you made a difference in someone’s life. There will be tiring and hard days ahead, but the rewards you feel are worth all the stress and lack of sleep. Being a healthcare worker means that you care for others and you always want them to receive the best patient care. Stay strong and keep moving forward!”