Flight for Life Critical Care Paramedic - Full Time - Variable - St. Francis Med Center (COS):
Centura Health

Centura Health
Colorado Springs Colorado

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services with 364-licensed beds and the ability to provide tertiary (high tech) medical-surgical services with an emphasis on elective and outpatient care. Established in 1890, Penrose Hospital has grown to become a major health treatment and referral center, specializing in cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care and physical rehabilitation. In 2008 we opened St. Francis Medical Center to keep pace with the growing needs of the Colorado Springs’ community on the north side of the city. St. Francis Medical Center features 172-beds and offers a modern Birth Center, Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services, and Critical Care Unit. It is also serves as Southern Colorado’s home base for the Flight For Life® Colorado air medical helicopter service. It’s an incredible time to join us as we celebrate our sixth consecutive year as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades and recent Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for superior quality in nursing care. With 300+ days of annual sunshine, mild winters and easy access places like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and some of Colorado’s top destination resorts, you will enjoy an incredible lifestyle while having the career you’ve always wanted. For more information about Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, visit http://www.penrosestfrancis.org/.

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 123862

Recruiter Contact: Donna Rigdon ([email protected])

Clinic/Department: 7426 SAH AIR AMBULANCE AT PENROSE 


Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Variable

Position Summary

As a member of the Transport Crew, assists in meeting the physical and emotional needs of ill and injured patients. Promotes safe and efficient operation of Flight For Life.

Education Requirements (i.e., BSN, High School Diploma, GED) 

  • High School Diploma or GED;

Work Experience

  • 3 years experience as a Paramedic provider in the pre-hospital area with a 911 response agency

  • 2 years experience driving an ambulance

  • Clean driving record for the past two years

License/Certifications (i.e., RN, ARRT,BLS, ACLS, BLS)

  • Colorado State Paramedic Certification required.

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate); PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification) or within 6 months of hire/transfer date.

  • TPATC (Transport Provider Advanced Trauma Course) or ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) within 12 months of hire/transfer date

  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) within 12 months of hire/transfer date

  • C-FP (Certified Flight Paramedic) Within 2 years of hire/transfer date.

  • Must maintain currency in all certifications required by CAMTS, (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems)

  • Valid Driver’s License and pass the annual Pre Check review of their driving record for safe vehicle operations. 

Position Reports To:

  • RN Clinical Coordinator

Position Duties (essential job functions, INCLUDE % OF TIME)

Patient Care 60%

  • Assists in providing a safe environment essential to the health and well-being of all individuals in the air medical transport environment, including universal precautions, air and ground safety.

  • At the direction of the Flight Nurse, assist in performing a rapid survey of life threatening conditions as well as secondary physical assessment, including medical history, current medications, and allergies.

  • In consultation with the Flight Nurse, assists in prioritizing and planning appropriate transport care.

  • At the direction of the Flight Nurse, assists in implementing the plan of care and assists with on-going assessments.

Education 20%

  • Assists the Flight Nurse and Pilot with education of user agencies and general public regarding Flight For Life/Medical Transport Safety.

  • Continues own professional development, including education and membership in professional associations.

Quality 20%

  • Participates in decontamination of the aircraft and equipment.  Helps keep helicopter and fixed wing equipment stocked.

  • Participates in Flight For Life CQI processes and program work as outlined in the strategic plan.

  • Performs the support duties necessary for the smooth operation of Flight For Life, including cleaning of the vehicles, ordering and stocking of supplies, and clerical support tasks.

  • May be required to drive Flight For Life vehicles including ambulances and the Flight For Life Suburban, in support of our ground ambulance operations, relocating vehicles to cover for maintenance, and other program needs. 

*This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements

  • Heavy Work - exert/lift up to 100 lbs. force occasionally, and/or 50 lbs. frequently, and/or 20 lbs. constantly

  • Weight Limit - 210 pounds, locker room weight maximum


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications