October 7, 2004
Padilla Named New Director of SCMH Ambulance Service
The Scotland County Ambulance Service is under new leadership. Jose Padilla was named the new director of the ambulance service at Scotland County Memorial Hospital.
Padilla is making a short move to take the position, having spent the last four years in Bloomfield, IA, where he worked with the ambulance service as well as in law enforcement. Padilla had been the ambulance director for Davis County Hospital since 2000. Prior to that he had held a similar position with the Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake, IA, for two years.
The newcomer takes over an ambulance service with six full-time personnel and several part-time employees. Padilla stated his top priority is establishing good communications with other EMS providers such as law enforcement and fire and rescue workers. He also noted that his history as an instructor causes him to focus on continuing education and training of employees.
He got his start in the EMS field during his service in the United States Army. Padilla was on active duty for four years and spent another four years inactive. During that time he served as the team medic for his unit. He began working as a paramedic in 1996. He also spent several years as an instructor teaching EMT, first responder and paramedic courses.
Padilla grew up in southern Texas in a town called Harlingen. College brought him north, where he attended Creighton University in Nebraska.
He currently is commuting from his Bloomfield residence but indicated he hopes to relocate to Memphis in the next six months.
In his free time Padilla enjoys mountain biking, camping, hiking, archery, hunting, swimming, and reading.