John J. Peterson


Sunstar - Pinellas County, Florida


Chief administrative officer


John J. Peterson is the Chief Administrative Officer for Sunstar Paramedics in Pinellas County, Florida. He has been employed with Paramedics Plus since October, 2004 and has held many leadership roles including his most recent positions as the Director of Logistics at Sunstar Paramedics from 2013 to 2015 and as Chief Operating Officer for the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 2012 to 2013. John also previously served as the Director of Operations at Sunstar Paramedics from 2010 to 2012.

John is an experienced field operations leader and was the EMS transport officer during an active shooter situation in January, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was also the EMS incident commander for the EMSA response to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013 during which EMSA transported 71 patients.

"I began my career as a paramedic with Paramedics Plus in 2004. At that time I had previous experience in both the public and private ambulance and fire services. I could tell immediately that Paramedics Plus was different than my previous employers and the difference was positive. To this day, nearly 11 years later, I still feel like I am part of a family and not just an employee or a number. The President and Vice President of the company have taken the time to talk to and learn from their employees and have used the knowledge gained to make positive progress throughout the organization. An example of this is with the significant improvement in communication between each Paramedics Plus operation regarding best practices and safety initiatives. One of my favorite things about our company is that we are big enough to challenge even the largest nationwide ambulance companies yet small enough to provide an outstanding level of personal attention and quality of service to each community we serve. Paramedics Plus also strives to be a true partner in each community served and makes the investments necessary to do so. This is truly a great place to work!"


John has a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification and is a graduate of the American Ambulance Association Ambulance Service Manager course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in Miami, Florida and a Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is licensed as a Paramedic in Florida and holds National Board Certification and Florida state certification as an Occupational Therapist.