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Denver Health
Denver, CO, United States (on-site)
6 days ago



Denver Health, in collaboration with the City and County of Denver Department of Safety, is seeking a clinically skilled physician leader, educator, manager, and communicator for the position of Medical Director- City and County of Denver Department of Safety (MD-DOS) at Denver Health. The MD-DOS will provide exclusive support and medical direction to the Denver Fire Department and to the Denver Department of Safety Emergency Medical Response Services. This is an exciting opportunity to serve in a new model of EMS leadership. The position will collaborate closely with the Medical Director of the Denver Health Paramedic Division in a partnership for medical direction that strives to propel Denver to new standards of excellence in emergency medical response. Like the medical director of Denver Health Paramedic Division, the MD-DOS will be an employee of Denver Health and hold a faculty appointment with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This position will maintain an office at DFD Headquarters to effectually collaborate with DFD leadership and immerse themselves within the DFD ranks.

The successful candidate will be a physician licensed in good standing to practice medicine in Colorado, trained in advanced cardiac life support, board-certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services, and possess authority under their license to perform all medical acts included in all training authorized for Denver Fire Department personnel. The MD-DOS shall have completed an approved training course for EMS medical direction or equivalent experience in the provision of EMS as a pre-requisite to serving as MD-DOS. The MD-DOS will be required to maintain employment and clinical privileges at Denver Health and qualify for a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The ideal candidate is an enterprising, visible, transparent, and decisive leader and communicator who can foster relationships and collaboration that promotes partnership and trust.

The Organizations

Denver Fire Department

Established in 1866, the Denver Fire Department provides services to the citizens who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver. Denver Fire Department (DFD) provides all hazard responses and emergency medical services including fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, wildland fire suppression, as well as confined, water and high angle rescue. The Department has over 1,100 paid professional firefighters supporting daily fire/rescue and medical operations. The Department also employs 48 civilian staff supporting all Divisions. There are 34 fully staffed firehouses consisting of 31 engines, 15 trucks/towers and 2 heavy rescues. The DEN Division serves Denver International Airport which consists of 5 firehouses that house 3 ARFF rigs, 2 engines and 2 trucks/towers. In 2021, DFD responded to 125, 241 fire and emergency calls within the city, 81,712 of which were medical in nature. DFD also responds to fire and emergency calls in the City of Glendale, City of Sheridan, Englewood, and Skyline Fire District through contract agreements. DFD has begun building its own self-sustaining EMS education program.

Additional Denver Department of Public Safety Agencies/Programs

The Department of Public Safety ( is tasked with oversight of the seven agencies that are charged with protecting the Denver community and preventing youth and gang violence, ensuring Denver is the safest and most welcoming city in the nation. Denver’s Public Safety Department includes Denver Police, Denver Fire, Denver 911, Denver Sheriff, Community Corrections, Public Safety Youth Programs and the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver. The DOS also oversees the Public Safety Cadets, a program for high-performing high school graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in public safety in Denver.

Denver Health

Denver Health ( is nationally recognized for its mission in delivering high-quality health care services in a very complex and competitive Colorado health care market. Founded on the banks of Cherry Creek, Denver Health was established in 1860 and reflects the historical mission of our nation’s public safety net hospitals to serve the members of its community without regard to their ability to pay for services. The health system has been caring for the people of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region ever since. As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health has provided incalculable dollars in uncompensated care. Nationally, Denver Health is known as a model for other safety net institutions as an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system.

Building on its long history of serving the people of Denver, in 2020 Denver Health joined the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), a national organization made up of 50 health care organizations dedicated to improving the long-term health and social welfare of their communities. The long-term goal of the HAN is to reach a critical mass of health systems adopting as an institutional priority to improve community health and well-being by leveraging all their assets, including hiring, purchasing and investment for equitable, local impact.

The Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA) was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 1994; in 1997, Denver Health transitioned from being a city agency to this independent authority. The DHHA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, appointed for five-year terms by the Mayor of Denver and confirmed by the Denver City Council.

Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) is Denver Health's acute care and teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. With 555-licensed beds, DHMC is one of the state's busiest hospitals, with more than 24,000 inpatient admissions, over 100,000 urgent care and emergency care visits, and over 900,000 ambulatory care visits annually.

With its Level I Adult and Pediatric Level II Trauma Center designations by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Denver Health is regarded as one of the best trauma centers in the nation.

Denver Health has the following urgent and emergent services:

 Denver Health Department of Emergency Medicine: The emergency department (ED) at Denver Health includes a 44-bed adult ED with an additional 13-bed adult fast track (opening July 2021), a 19-bed pediatric ED and urgent care, and a 23-bed Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) providing observation medicine. With a combined annual census of more than 100,000 patients from highly diverse culture and backgrounds, the ED at Denver Health is the second busiest in Colorado. The Ernest E. Moore MD Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health is the primary trauma referral center for the Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, the acuity managed by the adult ED is high, with a 25% admission rate. Staffing in the adult and pediatric EDs is provided by board-certified emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and subspecialty fellows, and advanced practice providers. Strong and extremely collaborative relationships exist among physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing, and consultative services. Faculty have a strong, collaborative reporting relationship to our School of Medicine’s Departmental Chair. As a full-time academic faculty position, based at the sponsoring institution for the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, there is a heavy emphasis and expectations of scholarship/research, teaching and education. All faculty are expected to contribute and promote in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

 Denver Health Residency In Emergency Medicine: Founded in 1974, the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine is an exemplary four-year training program with 68 total residents, producing graduates with outstanding clinical acumen and leadership qualities who are furthering the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As Colorado’s sole emergency medicine training program, the residency functions as an affiliated program, drawing on the educational resources and experiences of four metro-area health care institutions - an urban Level I safety-net system (Denver Health), a tertiary care Level I university-based hospital (the University of Colorado Hospital), a private/Kaiser-affiliated hospital (St. Joseph Hospital), and a tertiary care Level I pediatric hospital (Children’s Hospital of Colorado).

Denver Health NurseLine: Staffed by Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, the Denver Health NurseLine provides health advice and recommendations for care, enabling more than 91,000 patients annually to get free and confidential answers to health-related questions, reducing costly emergency room visits.

 Psychiatry Emergency Services: Denver Health has a range of behavioral health services, including inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric services, outpatient detoxification services, and a secure Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) unit adjacent to the emergency department. The PES is a 24/7 service that provides emergent and individualized evaluation, crisis stabilization, and treatment for patients presenting with psychiatric and/or substance-related emergencies. The PES is a 17-room licensed, secure unit that focuses on high-quality patient care for patients who may or may not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. A dedicated team of attending psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and social workers staffs the PES.

Mobile Crisis Services: Mobile Crisis Services (MCS) is a 24/7 service that provides mental health support to residents of the City and County of Denver and the Mental Health Center of Denver consumers during and after a crisis. MCS workers are based in the PES so that they can coordinate care.

Denver Paramedics: The Denver Health Paramedic Division is a key provider of emergency medical services for the City and County of Denver. The Division also provides service to the cities of Sheridan, Glendale, Englewood as well as the Skyline Fire Protection District. The Division employs 215 paramedics, 20 EMTS and a command staff of 31. There are 34 advanced life support ambulances, 2 critical care transport and 3 emergency service patrol ambulances. The Division responds to more than 118,000 calls each year.

Denver Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician Training Programs: Through the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute, Denver Health Paramedics provide training for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, as all well as continuing education and community training. Denver Health emergency medicine providers act as course directors and instructors.

Rocky Mountain Center for Medical Response to Terrorism, Mass Casualties and Epidemics (RMCMR): Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Denver Health established the RMCMR to provide a more effective medical response to all disasters.

Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety: The RMPDS provides poison and drug information services to medical professionals and the public and is the certified regional poison center for Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Hawaii, and Wyoming. The RMPDS operates a medical toxicology fellowship program and has robust research capabilities, with a staff of approximately 60 research professionals.

Adult Urgent Care Center: The Adult Urgent Care Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center adjacent to the Emergency Department that provides urgent care services for those in need of care after business hours or who cannot be seen by their primary care physician. In addition to the main campus facility, Denver Health has three additional urgent care locations.

Downtown Urgent Care Clinic (DUCC): In line with a strategic initiative to expand access to urgent care services for residents and visitors to Denver’s urban core, the DUCC, with a projected volume of 25,000 visits annually, opened in late 2019.

DHMC offers much more than just trauma and emergency services for adults and children on the main campus, including comprehensive primary care with integrated behavioral health services, dental, vision, adult and pediatric specialty care services, behavioral health services including substance abuse treatment, and retail pharmacy services.

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Denver Health is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine ( Most Denver Health physicians are employed by Denver Health and are full-time faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Along with the University Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver Health shares common residency training programs. Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Oral Surgery, and Dentistry are Denver Health-based residency programs. At any given time, approximately 180 University of Colorado residents are at Denver Health, representing 28 specialty and subspecialty training programs. In addition, last year, the Denver Health integrated system was the training site for 1,800 separate student rotations representing all health professional disciplines. As an academic medical center, education and research are core to the institution’s mission. Denver Health physicians are active investigators with competitive grants from NIH, CDC, AHRQ, DOJ and national and local foundations.

Position Summary

The MD-DOS should be intricately familiar and conversant with all relevant aspects of affiliated EMS systems that relate to patient safety and outcomes. The MD-DOS will have ultimate authority over all clinical and patient care aspects of the Denver Department of Safety, including the authorization to limit the patient care activities of those who deviate from established standards or do not meet training standards. The MD-DOS may grant authority to act and accept responsibility for the delivery of EMS patient care and define what treatments EMS providers render when presented with medical conditions.

The MD-DOS will ensure that care is rendered by competent medical professionals, consistent with accepted standards. EMS providers in the Denver Department of Safety shall function under the supervision of a medical director for patient care-related activities. The MD-DOS will work collaboratively with the Denver Department of Safety and Denver Health leadership to ensure the Denver Department of Safety EMS administrative, operational, and clinical components are cohesive and complementary. The MD-DOS and EMS agency’s leadership must forge a positive, constructive, and collaborative relationship to enable the agency to be an effective and productive organization.

This opportunity is best suited for a mission-orientated leader who has an honest passion to drive the advancement of outcomes, quality, and safety for the betterment of patients. This individual must be an outstanding communicator who is comfortable with transparency and able to build relationships across entities to engage peers in delivering exceptional clinical care.

Reporting Relationships

For medical direction functions, comprising at least 0.51 of the position’s FTE, the MD-DOS will have a dual reporting relationship to the Chief of the Denver Fire Department and to the Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health.

For other (non-administrative) functions, he/she will report directly to the Director of Service for Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and have a matrixed reporting relationship to the Chair of Emergency Medicine at the CU-SOM exclusively for academic responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

Essential functions for the MD-DOS will include but are not limited to:

· Serve as the Medical Director to the Denver Fire Department and the City and County of Denver EMRS system

· Advise and oversee the supervision of training, certification, and authorization of all Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic personnel to ensure compliance with all regulations as set forth from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Emergency Medical Services, and provision of appropriate pre-hospital care

· Work with department staff to develop and refine the EMS system to exceed the needs of the department and community served

· Serve as a patient advocate in the Denver EMRS system

· Set and ensure patient care protocols including but not limited to, communications standards, priority medical dispatch, and medical protocols

· Provide when necessary or requested, medical information and field guidance to field personnel via telephone of email

· Ensure the appropriateness of initial qualifications of pre-hospital personnel involved in patient care

· Ensure the qualifications of pre-hospital personnel involved in patient care are maintained on an ongoing basis through education and testing

· Promote and participate in ongoing EMS research

· Provide a predetermined amount of face-to-face time with Denver Fire EMS personnel within their work environment, including but not limited to participating in medical responses

· Act as an EMS liaison to the Denver Metro pre-hospital medical community

· Interact with National, State and Local EMS authorities to ensure standards, needs and requirements are met

· Oversee the Denver Fire Department EMS education program

· Review and recommend continuing education course materials to ensure medical education content is appropriate

· Participate in lectures, skill instruction, testing, field internships and other aspects of training and continuing education

· Award and remove EMS practice privileges for licensed department personnel

· Oversee the Denver Fire Quality Assurance program, including periodic review of medical documentation and case review with members

· Participate in the evaluation of personnel competency as it relates to EMS

· Participate in local credentialing agreement process through the State of Colorado

· Maintain compliance with all requirements of State statues, Administrative Codes and EMS rules respective to clinical medicine and training

· Assist the Department in updating the Denver Fire Department’s EMS operational plan

· Meet regularly with Executive Director of Safety, Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, EMS Quality assurance coordinator, Assistant Chief of EMS

· Attend department meetings as directed by Fire Chief or designee

· Serve as the EMRS representative at applicable State and Regional EMS councils

· Oversee establishment of an effective working relationship with local medical facilities, and neighboring Fire and EMS jurisdictions

· Provide advice and information regarding the selection of medications, supplies, and equipment to be stocked on Denver Fire Apparatus and EMS supplies to be carried by Denver Fire Field personnel

· Support the development of EMS protocols for all hazards response, including but not limited to tactical medical care, high angle and confined space rescue, wildland firefighting, static and Swiftwater rescue, hazardous materials, and other areas of specialty rescue/response.

· Work collaboratively with the Denver Fire Department’s outreach team to prioritize community education and outreach programs

· Work collaboratively with Director of Denver 911

· Oversee EMS dispatch, Denver 911 Priority Medical Dispatch System

· Participate and support Denver 911 Quality Assurance Quality Improvement System

· Evaluation and assistance in developing alternative response models that best fit the needs of the City and County of Denver

· Effectively manage disagreements and look for opportunities for common ground solutions to disagreements.

Expectations for Leadership

The MD-DOS will have made significant progress in the following measures of success within the first 12-18 months in the role:

· Establish him/herself as a credible, trusted and highly collaborative clinical leader among Denver’s first responders, administrative leaders at Denver Health and Denver Department of Safety, our Community, and University of Colorado School of Medicine through performance as a professional leader.

· Cultivate critical relationships. It is essential that the MD-DOS be visible and quickly gain credibility.

· Evaluate current clinical operations and, with the Medical Director of the Denver Health Paramedic Division, make enhancements that result in improved performance, service excellence, patient experience and more efficient ways to meet patient needs.

· Build a “team care” culture to strengthen the partnership of of Public Safety and Hospital based EMS providers in delivering outstanding patient care.

· Enhance quality parameters and establish metrics that will be regularly reviewed and monitored, with systems of accountability in place, and reporting methods in use.

· Ensure consistent and timely performance with outstanding outcomes.

· Lead with a data-driven approach, utilizing data resources and analytics to enhance standard tools, dashboards, and reports.

· Identify and eliminate avoidable harm and disparities in care, ensure that all processes drive excellence, simplify care delivery, and create a culture for safety and improvement.

· Establish oneself as a collaborative, approachable, and relationship-oriented

Candidate Qualifications

Education/Academic Credentials

· Doctor of Medicine from an accredited school of medicine

· Board Certification in board-certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services

· Completion of an approved training course for EMS medical direction or equivalent experience in the provision of EMS as a pre-requisite to serving as MD-DOS.

· Licensed in good standing to practice medicine in Colorado and possess authority under their license to perform all medical acts included in all training authorized for Denver Fire Department personnel.

· Trained in advanced cardiac life support

· Academic credentials ideally qualified to be appointed to the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor or Professor of Emergency Medicine

Preferred Professional Experience

· A strong reputation as a respected clinician.

· Experience working in partnership with multiple constituents throughout an organization, e.g., achieving consensus through presentations, thought leadership, partnership, and/or relationship building.

· A track record of leveraging technology and using data to inform quality improvement

· Ability to navigate and drive success in a resource-constrained environment.

· A record of scholarship in the fields of Emergency Medicine or EMS is highly desired.

· Knowledge of national trends and key issues in emergency response.

Leadership Skills and Competencies

· Collaborative with a demonstrated history of having unified various groups toward the achievement of a common goal.

· Forward-thinking and innovative; can obtain support to accomplish the vision and goals from multiple stakeholders.

· Highly personable and approachable

· Experience and a high degree of comfort working within a highly matrixed environment.

· Able to provide strong leadership during times of change; possesses the vision and the sensitivity to sustain a cultural transformation.

· An inclusive leader and team builder with outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence who empowers, motivates, and challenges staff while holding them accountable; a team player who has an open and non-competitive leadership style that promotes partnerships and builds trust and strong relationships.

· An excellent communicator, including the ability to listen effectively, be open to the ideas of others, and bring them to consensus. Can present data and translate complex issues into comprehensible ideas in a concise and easily understood manner.

· Proven creative problem-solving skills with the willingness to take the initiative in leading and managing change.

The Community

The city and county of Denver is the largest city and the capital of Colorado. Metro Denver has a population of 2.7 million, with a growth rate that consistently outpaced the national rate every decade since the 1930s. The region continued to grow steadily during the past decade, averaging two percent population growth each year from 1997 to 2007. By 2030, Metro Denver's population is anticipated to increase by nearly 50 percent to almost 3.9 million, with 800,000 new jobs being created. Denver has one of the nation's strongest metropolitan economies and has the largest percentage of college graduates of any major metropolitan area in the United States.

Denver is one of only two cities in America with eight professional sports teams. Upscale hotels, a thriving arts and culture roster, family attractions, professional sports, the region's premier shopping areas, 850 miles of paved off-road biking trails, and quick access to some of Colorado's major ski resorts and national parks keep visitors coming back again and again.

More information about Denver can be found at:,

Procedure for Candidacy

Nominations, expressions of interest should be submitted electronically to Connie Savor Price, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer at Denver Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She can be reached at

Application submissions may also be sent to:
Aaron Ortiz, Manager of Provider Recruitment

Denver Health values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Work Type

Full time


$262,454 - $314,984

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, high-quality academic health care system considered a model for the nation that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a 555-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 10 family health centers, 18 school-based health centers, Rocky Mountain Poison and Safety, a Public Health department, an HMO and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado’s primary, and essential, safety-net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided billions in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health is viewed as an Anchor Institution for the community, focusing on hiring and purchasing locally as applicable, serving as a pillar for community needs, and caring for more than 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located near downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. As an EOE, Denver Health does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 67880714
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Denver Health
  • Job Function: Director,
    Emergency Medicine,

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