Washington County Emergency Medical Services Office
155 N. First Ave. MS 23
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072
Temporary physical location as of April 2018:
20665 SW Blanton Street, Aloha, OR 97078
EMS Medical Director
Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH is Washington County's EMS medical director. He has been involved in EMS medical direction for over 20 years. Previously, he served as medical director for Life Flight Network and was the State of Oregon's first EMS/trauma program medical director. He is also currently the medical director for Lake Oswego Fire Department and associate medical director for Clackamas County EMS. Nationally, he is a past-president of the National Association of EMS Physicians and has served on the board of the National Registry of EMTs and the committee for accreditation of EMS programs. Dr. Sahni is board certified in emergency medicine and works as an emergency physician at Providence Portland Medical Center.
EMS Associate Medical Director
Terri Schmidt, MD, MS is Washington County's associate medical director. She is also the physician supervisor for the Reach and Treat Team and AMR's Water Rescue and Wildlife Fire programs. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She has been active in EMS since 1988 having been physician supervisor for Oak Lodge Fire, American Medical Response, Clackamas Fire District 1, Oregon City and West Linn Fire. She was one of the founders of both the Oregon and national POLST program, is former director of the Oregon POLST registry, has published widely on POLST and other EMS topics and has been an invited speaker on POLST, ethics and other end of life topics around the country and nationally. She is a professor of medicine at OHSU where she practiced and taught emergency medicine for 25 years and is now working as part of the inpatient palliative care team.
EMS Program Supervisor
Adrienne Donner has been with Washington County since 2005. She came to the county with a MBA from the University of Redlands, BA in psychology from Whitman College, and experience in community partnership building and project development. In 2014 Adrienne earned her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certificate. Adrienne has been an active member of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) since its start and enjoys working across discipline and jurisdiction to build partnerships that improve the overall preparedness of the metro area. In addition to her paid duties, Adrienne is a volunteer in the City of Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). NET is another name for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
EMS Quality Improvement & Education Coordinator
Louisa Partain is Washington County's quality improvement & education cordinator. She holds an AAS in emergency medical services and bachelor's degree in health administration. Louisa is a licensed paramedic and has provided EMS services in a variety of capacities for over 25 years. Her primary responsibilities for the program are to lead system enhancement projects, oversee the EMS system’s quality improvement and training program and conduct investigations.
EMS Program Coordinator
Jack Nuttall is Washington County's EMS and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. He holds a master's degree with a specialization in public health and bachelor's degrees in both public policy and paramedic science. Prior to coming to Washington County, Jack was the EMS and Emergency Preparedness coordinator at Clackamas County, and spent almost four years in EMS and clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University. Jack is the current chair of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Public Heath Working Group, and is working to actively build cross-county partnerships in both emergency preparedness and EMS.
Management Analyst I
Fae Wright is Washington County's management analyst. Fae holds a bachelor's degree in medical records administration and certification in health information management and healthcare quality. Fae has been involved in health care for over 35 years in the field of health information systems, risk management and quality improvement. Since her retirement, she has been providing part time data analyst support to Washington County EMS quality improvement efforts.
EMS Program Specialist
Briana Owen is Washington County's EMS program specialist. Briana holds a bachelor's degree in community health sciences with a specialization in public health. Briana is also a CPR instructor. Briana supports the operational activities of the following Emergency Medical Services programs: Ambulance and Wheelchair Licensing, CPR and AED program, and quality improvement data. She also provides program support for Emergency Preparedness.
EMS Bilingual Administrative Specialist
Amaralis Perez is Washington County's EMS bilinigual administrative specialist. Amaralis supports the EMS, Emergency Preparedness and Medical Examiners programs. ¡Hablo español!