EDWARDS, Colo.—Oct. 13, 2020—Jim Bradford, COO and CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services (ECPS), recently announced that Steve Vardaman will be taking the reins as Operations Manager at the EMS service. Vardaman previously served as a Paramedic Supervisor.
“The Operations Manager is a critical role here at ECPS,” Bradford said. “Not only does the Ops Manager work closely with all our field providers and supervisors, but they’re also integral in helping us maintain our stellar customer service. Vardaman has been an invaluable asset to our organization for almost two decades; we’re thrilled to be able to promote him to this position.”
Vardaman started his career with ECPS in 2002 as an EMT, completed paramedic school in 2003 and has been a paramedic supervisor at ECPS since 2013. In addition, he works as a paramedic ski patroller for Vail Resorts, is a certified Critical Care Paramedic, a BCCTPC Certified Flight Paramedic and a State of Colorado POST-Certified Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. He’s also one of only 19 IBSC Certified Tactical Paramedics in the state.
“I am so fortunate to work with such a talented, motivated and dedicated staff,” Vardaman said. “I look forward to serving with our many healthcare and public safety partners to continue providing high quality Emergency Medical Services to our community.”
The Operations Manager is charged with supervising, motivating, coaching and developing shift supervisors and field personnel while monitoring and documenting daily operations and ensuring compliance with operational standards. The Operations Manager also assumes a primary role in the promotion of customer service and continuous quality improvement in patient experience.
Jim Bradford previously held the position as Operations Manager before being promoted to Chief Operations Officer and co-CEO with Chief Finance Officer Amy Gnojek.
Prior to embarking on his EMS career, Vardaman also worked locally at FirstBank Vail, owned a home management company and was General Manager of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for several summers. Vardaman received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Iowa State University and moved to the Vail area in 1991.
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