Spotlight: John Peterson

John Peterson Chief Administrative Officer Sunstar/Paramedics Plus Largo, FL Can you please tell us a little about yourself? I am originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. I attended college in Chicago where I met my wife, Sarah. She is also a native Minnesotan. In 2003 we made the move to Florida for warmer weather. We enjoy Florida living, including kayaking and spending time at the beach. We are avid NFL football fans and are season ticket holders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course, our Minnesota Vikings purple pride still remains. One thing that some people don’t know about me is that besides being a paramedic, I am also a board certified Occupational Therapist. How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved? My first experience in EMS came when I injured my back playing football in high school. This became my first ambulance ride and was an experience I’ll never forget. After graduating from college I had a friend who was working for a private ambulance service. He told me that the company he worked for was paying for people to go to EMT school and then providing them with...

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Spotlight: Patrick Hatch

Patrick Hatch Paramedic Life EMS Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Can you please tell us a little about yourself? Grand Rapids has always been my home. This city has transformed itself in the last 30 years, I love it here! I have a strong passion for music, specifically classic rock era, and I play guitar and perform in a cover band. How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved? I became a paramedic in 1984 with the intention of becoming certified in criminal justice. What do you enjoy most about your job? I still like the high priority patients. I like to mentor and practice with particular attention to detail! What is your biggest professional challenge? I would like to see a structured tier of paramedics where the medic provider can obtain higher training in areas such as RSI; non-urgent cases such minor suture repair and pain management; and greater responsibility. What is your typical day like? It can vary from multiple back to back high acuity patients to relatively easy transports and encounters!...

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