Cindy Burbage – Owner, CEO/Director
American Heritage Ambulance, LLC
A Native American originally from North Carolina, Cindy’s career in the medical industry started in 1986 with her employment as charge nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Duke University. In addition to her degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina, she holds a Bachelors in Marketing and Masters in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University. She was the previous Director of Operations for Rural Metro Ambulance, South Carolina. In 2004, Cindy purchased the SC entity of Rural Metro and changed the name of the company to American Heritage Ambulance, where she remains active in the medical and EMS community today as Director and CEO.
With over 15 years of medical and management experience, she served as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Southeast Region and has been a key motivational speaker at various lectures for the United States Air Force Base (Charleston) and the National Native American Conference in Las Vegas and more, as well as locally for the Charleston Business Alliance where she also serves as Director and shareholder. Cindy was named “Businesswomen of the Year” in 2004 by the National Republican Congressional Committee. She serves on the board of the local Kiwanis and the Trident Hospital Community Advisory Board. Cindy is a member of the National Chamber of Commerce for Women, the American Indian Business Association, the Minority Business Development Agency, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the National Congress of American Indians, and the American Ambulance Association. Cindy was the first female, first Native American, and first Director of a Private ambulance service to be named the South Carolina EMS Director of the Year for 2011.
As the CEO and owner of American Heritage Ambulance, Cindy's philosophy is "to do the right thing, always, even when no one is watching." This philosophy has allowed her to develop the mission that shapes American Heritage and creates a ethical and compassionate work environment for her employees. Cindy maintains an open door policy for all staff and believes in taking time to get to know each individual, often getting to know their families as well. She encourages and cultivates professional growth and devolopment in each employee and acts as a role model and mentor to many. Cindy goes above and beyond the traditional role of a CEO and business owner, creating a family orriented atmostphere at American Heritage and a company culture focused on giving back to the community to truly make a difference.