Celebrating a Century of Care


American Medical Response celebrates 100 years of providing care at a moment's notice in Seattle.
American Medical Response (AMR), America’s leading provider of ground medical transportation services, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Seattle operation.

Located in the heart of the Emerald City, AMR Seattle began providing care as Shepard Ambulance in 1923. From humble beginnings as a two-ambulance operation, Shepard Ambulance, founded by Frank Shepard, provided service to the Seattle area out of the county-city building in the Belltown neighborhood. Over the years, the operation has expanded to serve the City of Seattle and King County. Over a century later, it is the oldest ambulance company in the region and is owned and operated by AMR.

While a lot has changed in the EMS industry over the years, the ideals have remained the same – providing care to the world at a moment’s notice. AMR Seattle now employs over 300 full-time and part-time first responders from the Seattle area. In addition to providing high-quality emergency medical care, the teams of AMR Seattle provide a Critical Care Transport (CCT) program for patients requiring a higher level of clinical care, a certified therapy dog for first responders and community wellness support, an Earn While You Learn program that hires participants as employees and compensates them while they attend AMR’s EMT-Basic certification course, a Nurse Navigation program run in partnership with the Seattle Fire Department and a robust peer-support team to help with caregiver well-being.

“In our 100 years of service, we have provided care to millions of Seattle area residents and visitors, and our teams have contributed significantly to the communities where we so proudly live and work,” said Paul Priest, regional director for AMR Seattle. “We look forward to continuing our legacy of service and bringing new and innovative practices to our patients and partners in care.”

“It is amazing to think that in the 134 years that Washington has been a State, Shepard Ambulance, now AMR, has served the citizens of the Northwest for 100 of those years,” said Randy Strozyk, senior vice president of executive operations for AMR parent company, Global Medical Response. “Growing up in Washington my earliest memories of ambulance providers were seeing the blue and white Shepard units with their sharp crews and the tradition of the Pendleton blankets. 100 years of caring for people one patient at a time and providing the finest of care is a tradition we are all proud of.”

AMR Seattle will host an anniversary celebration for its employees and their families, and industry partners on May 21.
Celebrating a Century of Care