• By Kelley Luckstein

American Ambulance Association honors paramedic

June 19, 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Angie Jarrett, assistant supervisor, Gold Cross Operations and Plainview Ambulance, recently was honored by the American Ambulance Association as one of its 2017 Stars of Life.

Angie Jarret, a paramedic and supervisor with Mayo Clinic, met with Senator Al Franken and other members of Congress to explain the role paramedics serve in professional health care. Joining Jarrett are Doug Volin (left) and Brian Galowitz (far right) of Lakes Region Ambulance, Chisago County, Minnesota.




Jarrett was selected for the Star of Life honor based on her service to patients, leadership and  spirit of collaboration with fellow staff members. She was nominated for the award by Mayo Clinic Medical Transport co-workers.

“Angie has distinguished herself as a dedicated team member and caregiver who ensures that our patients receive the best care possible, and also as someone who has a positive effect on everyone around her,” says Paul Drucker, senior director, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport. “Angie has a talent for bringing out the best in people and fostering a collaborative work environment. Angie is able to instill trust and integrity within the community where she works and within the team she supports, resulting in collaborative care and doing what is best for the patient.”

“Angie embodies the quote by William J. Mayo, M.D., that says, ‘The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary.’”

Another colleague who wrote a letter of support nominating Jarrett for the Stars of Life award said, “Angie is always willing to listen and help team members through any situation they are facing. She is able to bring calm to any situation, always mindful of the differences in people and their views of the situation.”

Jarrett began her career in emergency medical services as a volunteer EMT in 2001 and joined Gold Cross in 2007. Previously, she led two different fire departments through the process of becoming emergency first responders. For the past two years, Jarrett has served as an assistant supervisor, supporting Plainview Emergency Medical Services through a management agreement held with Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.

“The most rewarding part of my role is the ability to contribute to other’s success in our field,” Jarrett says. “It is extremely gratifying to pass along my knowledge and experiences, and to see it reflected in their patient care.” In her estimation, Jarrett says she believes that leadership should not be about one’s own accomplishments; rather it should be “the ability to contribute to others’ success.”

Jarrett says she was humbled when she learned she had received the Star of Life award. “I remember thinking to myself that there were a lot more people [who] I work with regularly that are much more deserving of this.”

Originally from New Ulm, Minnesota, Jarrett is married and has two daughters. In her free time, she and her husband make homemade wine. They have started their own vineyard. She also enjoys spending time with their two daughters at the family lake home in north central Minnesota.

Jarrett attended the American Ambulance Association Stars of Life conference June 12-14, where she participated in a series of celebratory and educational events in Washington, D.C. Her itinerary included visiting offices of U.S. representatives and senators, observing committee meetings taking place on Capitol Hill and touring landmark sites in the area.


About Mayo Clinic Medical Transport
Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Mayo Clinic’s emergency medical services advanced life support ground ambulance and helicopter and fixed-wing air ambulance programs, brings quality emergency care and medical transport directly to the patient at scenes of injury or referring hospitals. Teams are based in 14 cities in Minnesota and Wisconsin and carry a variety of life-saving equipment and medications including blood and plasma products.  Services also include emergency medical dispatch and medical education. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/medical-transport

About the American Ambulance Stars of Life Program
The American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life program is an annual event in Washington, D.C., that recognizes those who serve in emergency medical services. According to the American Ambulance Association website, “This one-of-a-kind event honors the dedication of ambulance services professionals, those remarkable individuals [who] stand out and represent excellence in every area of the industry.”

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