The Harney District Hospital (HDH) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department was formed in 2000 when the City of Burns Volunteer Fire Department passed ambulance service responsibilities on to HDH. Our service area encompasses the Burns and Hines communities as well as all of Harney County — more than 10,000 square miles!
In addition to providing 24/7 emergency coverage for the county, HDH EMS provides education, emergency coverage for community events, and tour opportunities for local school classes.
Cliff Stoutenburg manages the HDH EMS Department. Originally from Sheridan, Oregon, Cliff has been with HDH since 2020.
At 14, he joined his local fire department to work toward becoming a first responder. He developed a passion for the work, and in 2010, left the fire side to continue his growth in the field of emergency medicine. Cliff is an Oregon Paramedic, Certified Critical Care Paramedic, and has certification in rope rescue, vehicle extrication, and an associate degree in fire suppression.
Cliff moved to Harney County after multiple years in the Portland area. He said he prefers practicing frontier emergency medicine and enjoys the small community and its amazing members. Cliff believes Burns provides valuable experiences to EMS members, and he appreciates the consistent support from the community. To him, the excellent relationship among law enforcement, fire entities, and EMS is another benefit to working in Harney County. Cliff said the best part of his job is getting to help the community and make a positive difference in the day of people who tend to be at their worst.
In his free time, Cliff enjoys being with his family and spending time outdoors, whether it’s swimming, biking, climbing, or exploring caves.
Stephanie Swierkos joined the EMS team in 2022. Stephanie grew up and went to school in McCall, Idaho. She decided to join the field of emergency medicine after being drawn to an intensive EMT program at her local community college.
Stephanie prefers the rural EMS setting. She said she likes working in Harney County because of the community atmosphere and small-town feel. She also enjoys the highs and lows of each shift and the investigation required to identify patient ailments and injuries.
As a mother of two toddlers, Stephanie spends much of her free time with her children. She also loves hiking, skiing, and playing with her animals.
Kyle Snider joined the EMS team in 2022. Originally from Melrose, Oregon, Kyle works in Harney County and lives in Bend, Oregon.
After graduating from Roseburg High School, Kyle attended Oregon State University to earn his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the National Medical Education & Training Center (NMETC) for paramedic school. Kyle is a National Registered Paramedic (NRP) who received a variety of trainings such as water rescue, rope rescue, tactical medicine, and wilderness medicine.
Kyle grew up very involved in Boy Scouts, which built a sense of duty and an interest in serving the public within him. These values, along with his interest in science and adventure, led him to a career in EMS. Kyle thinks the best parts of his job are the diversity of each workday, his EMS coworkers, and the tightknit employee culture of HDH.
Though he does not live in Harney County, Kyle loves the remote/rural landscape, culture, and community. Kyle said he experiences great fulfilment when serving the people of Harney County and feels privileged to take care of them so they may continue to do what they love.
Kyle and his wife try to spend as much of their free time outside as possible. They love to climb, mountain bike, trail run, and ski together.
Mark Lindberg joined the EMS team in 2023. He grew up in the Sandy, Oregon area and attended Oregon Health & Science University.
He is an Oregon Paramedic, Alaska Paramedic, and a National Registered Paramedic (NRP). He also spent 14 months in Afghanistan as a paramedic at Bagram Airbase.
Mark entered the emergency medical field because he wanted a challenging career. He said the best part of his job is meeting and working with great people. He noted that his coworkers in the HDH EMS Department are open, honest, and hardworking people who have excellent values.
Mark was drawn to Harney County because he likes the geography, wildlife, and people. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the wilderness and outdoors.
Katia Collins joined the EMS team in 2012. She grew up in the rural Harney County towns of Frenchglen and Riley and graduated from Burns High School.
Katia continued her education at Treasure Valley Community College, earning an EMT certification. She later went on to become an Advanced EMT (AEMT) through the EMS/Fire Academy. She isn’t stopping there. Katia is currently studying to become a certified paramedic through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
Katia first entered the medical field as a veterinary technologist (vet tech). Her passion for healthcare grew from there. She later became a certified nursing assistant (CNA), before joining the EMS team and moving up the ranks.
She said working in Harney County allows her to do something positive for her friends, family, and the community that she grew up in. Although it can be difficult to see her friends and neighbors experience emergencies, Katia said being able to help them is extremely rewarding. She holds a high standard of care for our community. Katia added that her coworkers in the EMS Department have become like family. They share a tight, irreplaceable bond that comes from depending on each other in challenging situations.
Katia said Harney County is unlike anywhere else, and she can’t imagine leaving home. She explained that community members are kind and supportive of each other, and it’s a great place to raise a family. She also noted that the scenery is beautiful, and there are abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
When she isn’t on the job, Katia can be found hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, going for a scenic drive, and spending time with her family.
Kimberly Theall joined the EMS team in 2017. Kimberly grew up in Vale, Oregon and has lived in Harney County since 2006.
She attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. She is an Advanced EMT (AEMT) as well as a CPR coordinator and instructor. Kimberly wanted to join the medical field, and the opportunity presented itself as a career in emergency medicine. She quickly fell in love with her work.
For Kimberly, the best parts of the job are helping people who are at their worst, having varied workdays, and spending time with her coworkers. She also enjoys the small, close-knit community of Harney County.
In her free time, Kimberly enjoys paddleboarding, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with her kids.
Christina Banton joined the EMS team in 2003. She grew up and went to school in Lakeview, Oregon.
Christina joined the emergency medicine field while living in Grass Valley, Oregon. The highway through Grass Valley saw many motor vehicle crashes, so she decided to become an EMT to help her community. Christina and her family moved to Harney County when her husband transferred for work. Upon moving to a new area, Christina wanted to continue doing what she loves: helping her community. She believes Harney County is a wonderful small community and a great place to raise kids.
In her free time, Christina enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, camping, and spending time with her grandkids.
Kim Kautz joined the EMS team in 2008. She was born and raised in Burns and can’t picture herself living anywhere else. Kim said she likes living in a small town and exploring the far reaches of Harney County.
After graduating from Burns High School, Kim attended online college courses through Eastern Oregon University and Treasure Valley Community College.
Kim has known that she wanted to be an EMT since she was a kid. She has always loved helping people and serving her community.
In her free time, Kim can be found baking and decorating beautiful and delicious cakes. She also loves to camp, fish, hunt, work in her yard and garden, and spend time with her family.
Stephanie Sell joined the EMS team in 2022. Stephanie grew up in Burns and was excited to move herself and her children back home.
Stephanie attended Southwestern Oregon Community College and received certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). She is currently attending Idaho Medical Academy to become an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT).
Stephanie’s lifelong interest in the medical field, and her love for living in a small community, brought her EMS career to Burns. She loves working in Harney County and considers the EMS department her second family. Stephanie said the best part of her job is getting to form relationships with patients and coworkers. She also likes getting to make each patient’s day better, however she can.
In her free time, Stephanie likes to travel and spend time with her friends and family.
Brennick Bowman joined the EMS team in 2022. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brennick moved to Harney County in 2012, and graduated from Burns High School.
Brennick attended Treasure Valley Community College and received certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). He wanted to help people and save lives and felt that emergency medicine would provide a good opportunity to do so.
Brennick likes the different experiences each workday brings and that his job gets him out in the county on a regular basis. For Brennick, the best part of living in Harney County is how easy it is to get out of town and explore the outdoors. Over the years, he has grown to love the area as well as the various options for recreation.
Brennick enjoys spending time outdoors, riding motorcycles, and staying active.
Dylan joined the EMS team in 2023. He grew up in various locations throughout California (Northern California, Santa Cruz, Napa, and Sacramento).
Dylan attended Sierra College and Sacramento State University and received his certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). He felt drawn to the emergency medical field because his grandfather, father, and brother all work in emergency services.
Dylan worked as an EMT in California for eight years before moving to Harney County. He said he needed something new and moving near his family in Burns felt like a nice change of pace. Dylan enjoys the friendly community and the easy commute to work. He also likes being able to help people and make them feel comfortable and safe during their care.
Dylan enjoys playing music, swimming, and camping in his free time.
A First Responder is a community volunteer who is trained and certified in first aid techniques. This program is very important in the rural areas of Harney County where our wide-open spaces can mean long travel times for the ambulance crew from Burns.
If you enjoy helping people, live in a rural area, and would like to make a difference in your community, you may be a perfect First Responder!