Montera named CEO of ambulance district
EDWARDS — Eagle County Health Service District, also known as Eagle County Paramedic Services has announced that Chris Montera will take the helm as chief executive officer.
Montera has more than 28 years of emergency medical services experience, including serving as assistant chief of administration for South Park Ambulance District, chief of Western Eagle County Health Services District prior to the 2014 merger of the two districts and most recently as the assistant CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services.
Montera has served on two town councils and currently serves as the treasurer for the EMS Association of Colorado, treasurer of the Central Mountains Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council and board member on the SAVVIK buying cooperative for Emergency Services. Montera has received numerous awards for his service in emergency medical services, and he was named as one of the top 10 innovators in emergency medical services in the nation in 2010.
Montera started his career as a volunteer in Chaffee County and Boulder County while in college but moved to back to the mountains in 1993 after attending Metropolitan State University. Montera has served in various roles throughout his career including public health planner for the Northwest Region of Colorado under a CDC Bioterrorism Grant and EMS data specialist under contract to the State of Colorado.
Montera was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 16-069, which enabled community paramedics to work and bill for service in Colorado. He revolutionized emergency medical services by starting the first rural community paramedic program in 2010. The Eagle County Community Paramedic model has been copied hundreds of times all over the world.
“Chris is truly an exemplary leader and has shown that he will move the organization in the right direction since taking over in May,” said Jeff Kingston, chair of the Eagle County Health Services District board of directors. “Chris has the full support of our board, and, as the health care climate changes in Eagle County, Chris has proven he has the vision and leadership to get us to the next level.”