Desiree L. Jimenez, EMT-B
Desiree Jimenez was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. As a child she enjoyed playing with fireworks. She once had a brief encounter with a fire at her grandparent's home. Somehow the chicken house at their cattle ranch ignited. Little did she know at the time that these experiences would prove helpful later in life in her chosen career as a multi skilled burn technician/EMT for The Children's Hospital, Colorado.
Desiree's father Leonard has been her inspiration in life. He worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for over 30 years and was a man who loved his job. Desiree recognized this and realized the importance of finding a career in which she could be passionate about. In 1993, Desiree moved to Denver to advance her medical career. She worked as a medical assistant at a family practice office where she worked with children and found that she especially enjoyed handling wound care. Her working years proved rewarding and she practiced the philosophy of "keep your doctors happy and everyone is happy." In 1996, she applied for a position at The Children's Hospital. She initially took a job in the radiology department, and then later continued to pursue a more challenging position working with the burn program. She found her true passion in treating children that had sustained burn injuries.
In 1999, the burn program was reorganized. This brought a new burn director Dr. Ed Hartford and CNS, Maureen Andrews. The new structure allowed for more challenges and prevention and education became a personal initiative. Throughout the years Desiree has put in countless hours developing burn prevention brochures, teaching classes within the hospital, in schools and in the community regarding burn safety. In addition, she has created countless burn safety handouts. Since 2003, Desiree has participated in the American Burn Association's annual burn prevention poster contest. Not only have 4 of her posters placed but they have also been used by outside agencies within Colorado and other states for burn prevention. It became a family affair. Her daughter Nicole was used on posters as well as a patient for the ABLS classes the hospital presented. Desiree was even able to talk her nephews into helping. In addition, Desiree has co-authored two articles that were published in the ABA annual prevention newsletter. Desiree is also a proud member of the American Burn Association's Burn Prevention Committee.
Desiree is meticulous and instrumental in organizing and compling yearly statistics for the burn program. She uses these statistics to guide her prevention efforts in order to make the biggest impact within the community. She has directed a campaign on the dangers of fireplace glass doors based on her statistical analysis. Included in this campaign is the development of a brochure, publications on the external hospital website, mailings to fireplace retailers and patient/family education. She also participated in a research project by gather statistics for an abstract submission.
Desiree's skill set also includes training EMT staff that work in the hospital emergency departments on burn standards of care. She has experience working at an adult Level 1 Trauma Center in the emergency department as well as in the operating room assisting in burn surgeries.
Desiree has been working and living in Denver for the past 17 years, 14 of which have been at The Children's Hospital. She has one beautiful daughter Nicole, and enjoys spending her time with her family and her two dogs.
Desiree is very honored to receive this award. She appreciates the recognition and fully understands it has been made possible by the high caliber of professionals she has been lucky enough to work with as a member of the burn team. She feels honored to work in this field and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the community.