There are some new faces at Grand County EMS
Grand County Emergency Medical Services is excited to announce the promotion of Melissa Lewis, Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) to Captain, and the hiring of Jeanne Power, NRP as our new Education Captain. GCEMS has also hired Elizabeth Schenk, NRP to a full-time Paramedic role.
Melissa Lewis joined GCEMS as a Paramedic in July 2017 and was recently promoted to Captain when a position became available. She has been an EMS professional for nine years, including positions as an EMT, Paramedic and a supervisor. She has also worked as a cardiology tech at MCR’s Heart Center of The Rockies. Her duties at GCEMS include running twenty-four hour shifts and responding to calls when Advanced Life Support assistance is needed.
“Being able to practice Advance Scope protocols while working in a great community like Grand County is the biggest reason I wanted to work for GCEMS,” said Lewis. “The level of professionalism and dedication that all of GCEMS has put into the community is outstanding.”
She has two very active boys and is proud to see her oldest son looking to join the police academy in a few years.
Jeanne Power comes to GCEMS with a vast knowledge as an EMS professional and firefighting experience. While she initially started her career as an educator in a K-12 year program in Steamboat Springs, her love quickly turned to Search & Rescue, EMS and firefighting. She became Steamboat Springs’s first and only female firefighter for the first twelve years of the combined Fire & EMS service and left in 2011 where she served as the Ambulance Director at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. She ultimately left there and worked for Summit CO Ambulance Service as the Clinical Practice Supervisor and IV Paramedic. She started with GCEMS on March 20 as an Education Captain and will work in partnership with Audrey Jennings, RN, NRP with the EGHS EMS class, help coordinate and teach the community classes in Grand County, work with the EMT class over the summer, and provide continuing education courses for GCEMS staff and other responding agencies.
“GCEMS is one of the most progressive EMS services in Colorado,” said Power. “I’ve always been impressed with their initiative and am thrilled to be a part of it.”
GCEMS is also pleased to have Elizabeth Schenk, NRP filling the vacant paramedic position. Schenk is a five-year veteran of the Colorado National Guard and holds the rank of E5. She’s been an EMS professional for nearly five years and is a certified flight medic with the Colorado National Guard. She’s been wanting to join GCEMS for a long time now due to the connection that the agency has with the community and the advanced protocols needed in the mountains.
“Grand County EMS is thrilled to have both Jeanne and Elizabeth join our team and continue to provide the outstanding, professional care that our community deserves,” said Ray Jennings, EMS chief. “And having Melissa move into a command staff position will bring yet another level of excellence to what our agency requires. I am excited to see what their futures hold.”
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