Meet Our Veterans: Javier Font
UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, is proud to employ veterans of the U.S. Military. Emergency Medical Services educational specialist and U.S. Army veteran Javier Font talks about his experience.
What brought you to UW Health?
Having gone through the esteemed UW Emergency Education Center paramedic program back in 1999-2000, I have always admired the dedication to excellence embodied by the staff. At that point I set out to become the best at what I did as a paramedic with Madison Fire and worked to be selected as part of the staff. For the last 10 years I have been living this dream, surrounded by extremely qualified staff and mentors.
How does UW Health support you as a veteran?
My job has always been safeguarded. Most importantly, my colleagues assure all is well before, during and after my deployments. I am given enough time on return to decompress and get back in form as an educator.
What is your favorite part of working here?
I most enjoy the camaraderie developed both with my teaching staff but especially with the UW Hospitals and Clinics staff that we teach. Like family reunions, I see them every couple of years and enjoy teaching the latest guideline changes and challenging them in what they have learned. UW Hospitals and Clinics in general has always been topnotch in caliber of staff, but everyone is still down-to-earth and willing to learn.
What is the most rewarding aspect of serving in the military?
The ability to take the skills I've learned in an academic environment and apply them overseas in less-than-forgiving situations. The opportunity to bring order to the chaos they are experiencing. The chance to share in the unique cultures I meet and both enrich and gain from the lives that are touched.