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Mayo Clinic Paramedic Receives Stars of Life Award

June 20—A Mayo Clinic paramedic was honored last week in the nation's capital for her work as an emergency responder.

Angie Jarrett received the 2017 Stars of Life from the American Ambulance Association during a national conference held June 12-14. The assistant supervisor of Gold Cross Operations and Plainview Ambulance spent the three-day stint meeting with U.S. representatives and senators, observing committee meetings and touring landmarks after being nominated for the recognition by her colleagues.

The award wasn't the result of a single experience. Instead, it was the culmination of "service to patients, leadership and spirit of collaboration with fellow staff members," according to Paul Drucker, senior director of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.

"Angie has distinguished herself as a dedicated team members 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," Drucker said. "Angie has a talent for bringing out the best in people and fostering a collaborative work environment.

"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 for that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces in necessary.' "

Jarrett began her career as a volunteer in 2001 before joining Gold Cross in 2007. She'd previously led two fire departments through the process of becoming certified as emergency first responders. Over the last two years, Jarrett has worked as an assistant supervisor, supporting Plainview Emergency Medical Services through a management agreement with Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.

The New Ulm native tried to deflect the recognition by saying others were more deserving. She hopes her leadership can "contribute to others' success."

"The most rewarding part of my role is the ability to contribute to others' success in our field," Jarrett said. "It is extremely gratifying to pass along my knowledge and experiences, and to see it reflected in their patient care."

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