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Memorial Gift Supports Paramedics

February 05, 2019

The Denver Health Paramedic Division is the sole provider of emergency medical services for the City and County of Denver, responding to more than 115,000 calls each year. The Paramedic Division also operates the EMS Education Department, a State of Colorado EMS-approved training center. Programs include EMT training, Paramedic training, continuing education for emergency service and healthcare workers, and community education.

At their core, both the EMT and Paramedic schools are true vocational, job training and placement programs. And through the EMT and Paramedic training programs, Denver Health is educating the next wave of healthcare workers. But for many trying to enter the field of emergency medical response, financial challenges are a barrier. For some, ensuring adequate financial resources while working and going to school is not feasible.

Denver Health Foundation is proud to support scholarship assistance for exceptional candidates pursuing EMS education. A new and heartwarming addition to our scholarship offerings comes through a longtime friend of the Denver Health Foundation, Dr. Patricia Gabow, and her husband Harold. Dr. Gabow is a national leader in delivery system innovation and the care of vulnerable populations. A nephrologist by training, she retired in 2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health. With the passing of their father / father-in-law Jack Gabow in 2018, the Gabow family has combined their devotion to him and to Denver Health through the establishment of the Jack D. Gabow Paramedic Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of Dr. Gabow’s service as a trustee, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation made a gift of $10,000 in Jack Gabow’s honor. Supplementing that core contribution are gifts from the Patricia A. and Harold N. Gabow Family Fund, and other contributions made to the Denver Health Foundation in memory of Jack Gabow. The Jack D. Gabow Paramedic Scholarship  Fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a current Denver Health employee matriculating in Denver Health Paramedic training. Candidates will formally apply for the scholarship through the Paramedic Division by submitting a standard application. The awardee will be selected by a committee and announced at the annual Paramedic Awards event held in November.

The Paramedic Division’s EMT and Paramedic training programs capitalize on Denver Health’s teaching capabilities and premier clinical opportunities, allowing students to learn in a high-volume, fast-paced urban setting. Instruction is led by Denver Health physicians and paramedics, and the school is well known for superior classroom education. The program boasts some of the highest patient contacts and procedure numbers in the United States.

The Jack D. Gabow Paramedic Scholarship will enable its awardees access to a transformative experience with lifelong impacts. The Denver Health Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the Patricia A. and Harold N. Gabow Family Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the many other donors supporting the scholarship fund, and the enduring legacy of Jack Gabow.

If you’d like to make a gift to the Jack D. Gabow Paramedic Scholarship Fund, please click HERE.

If you’d like more information about scholarship assistance and/or the Denver Health Paramedic’s EMS Education Department, please contact 

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