Sacred Mountain Medical Services, Inc. (SMMS) is an independently 100% Navajo owned and operated emergent and non-emergent ground ambulance company that has been operating on the Navajo Nation since 2002.   We are a priority 1 Navajo business (Certificate No. 0313-8261), are Buy-Indian certified, have both SBA 8(a) (graduate) and Small Disadvantaged Business certifications and are qualified as a HUB Zone small business.

In addition to our business qualifications, we are an Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, regulated emergent ground ambulance company that operates under a Certificate of Necessity (#127) for private land in Tuba City.  Because we are regulated by the State of Arizona we have to comply with A.R.S. § 36-2212.A and A.A.C. Title 9, Chapter 25 in terms of qualifications of our equipment and vehicles, and credentialing of our emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

SMMS operates in three (3) communities and are currently pursuing expansion projects.

Tuba City Operations

Sacred Mountain Medical Services, Inc. was founded in Tuba City, Arizona in November 2002 and we are still currently servicing this community and hospital with paramedic (ALS) level service.

On the average, SMMS averages 1200 calls per year with two (2) ALS units, half of those calls being 911 emergency response and the other half inter-facility transfers.

Kayenta Operations

In 2007, SMMS was awarded a contract to provide inter-facility transfers for the Kayenta Health Clinic, a PHS Indian Health Services clinic.  On the average, SMMS averages 1500 calls per year with two (2) ALS units and one (1) BLS unit.

Because the KHC cannot admit patients, our inter-facility transports account for 75% of our total call volume with the remaining percentage of calls accounting for 911 responses.

Four Corners Operation

On July 1, 2016 SMMS began servicing the Four Corner’s Regional Health Center with their interfacility transfer needs.  The FCRHC is an 8 to 5, Monday thru Friday ambulatory care and urgent care facility.  Because the FCRHC cannot admit patients or provide specialty services, patients are transferred out to nearby hospitals which SMMS provides under an Indian Health Services contract. 


Who We Are

Owner/Operators Danny and Karen Barney.

Danny Barney is from Lukachukai and is Bilagaana (White), born for Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together). Danny was a paramedic for 13 years before starting SMMS.

Karen Barney is from Cedar Ridge and is Kin lichii'nii (Redhouse), born for Biih bitoodnii (Deerspring).

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