Sue Halls has served as the EMS Leader for our Ada operations for 22 years. During this time she has
been instrumental at maintaining a great working relationship within the hospital and as a role model
for the many front line team members. Most recently, Sue has added the additional role of overseeing
our Fosston EMS location.
Sue has dedicated much of her adult life to rural EMS, especially in Norman County where she and her
husband reside. Sue’s dedication to her team and patients is second to none. There isn’t a time day or
night that Sue isn’t there as a resource if needed.
Anyone that knows Sue, knows she embraces technology, but technology doesn’t always embrace her.
Many years ago, Sue and her partner had completed a transfer in a new ambulance that had some of
this newer technology. On the way back to Ada, they were laughing and couldn’t figure out why cars
were constantly pulling over for them, until they eventually realized they had inadvertently turned on
their emergency lights. Sue often remarks on how great her team is and always praises the work of the
first responders they have the privilege to work with. All this team building became a benefit one night
when the rescuer became the patient. Sue suffered a STEMI while on scene at a call. She never lost
sight of the patient care needed, made arrangement to get them to the hospital while another
ambulance was responding to care for her and transport her a Fargo hospital where she was greeted by
our EMS Medical Director in the ED.
Sue started her EMS career in 1979 as an EMT in North Dakota before moving to Ada in 1997 with her
paramedic husband Dave. When asked why Ada? The answer- because Ada was one of the only
locations they could find that had two paramedic openings so they could work together. Four short
years later she found herself in a Management role and hasn’t looked back.
When Sue isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, four children, four
grandchildren, and her beloved reptiles. Unfortunately, she recently lost her beloved bearded dragon,
Bubba. While preparing this, I had the pleasure of talking to Sue about her pets. She is one of the few
people that can talk about retiles, with a sparkle in her eye, and make them sound like cuddly, furry
I am humbled and privileged to call Sue Halls our Star of Life and would like to Thank You for all that you
have done for Essentia Health EMS, your team, and communities we serve.