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FENTON HONORS MEDSTAR FIRST RESPONDERS

By Rachel McCrary | December 5, 2022 |

Tri-County Times – On the afternoon of May 12, 2022 Fenton police, fire, and EMS units were dispatched for a man down on the side of the road, possibly in cardiac arrest. When Fenton patrol officers Jones and Whitman arrived on location (within two minutes of being dispatched), they immediately performed CPR and updated the…

Medstar awards North Branch Wesleyan Church with AED donation

By Rachel McCrary | June 27, 2022 |

Placement made possible through the EMS organization’s “Shock and Save initiative“ On June 26th, Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile health provider, presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to North Branch Wesleyan Church. The donation was made possible through funds raised through Medstar’s “Shock and Save Initiative.”  Medstar provides matching funds from community events to ensure more…

How to stay safe during a heat wave

By Rachel McCrary | June 14, 2022 |

Follow these tips to protect yourself Stay Connected Never leave infants, children, older adults, individuals with disabilities, or pets in a vehicle unattended. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. Check-in on older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions at least twice daily. When visiting, ask yourself…

‘COVID changed everything’: EMS workers weigh in on pandemic’s toll

By ahein | January 4, 2022 |

Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) – COVID-19 doesn’t stop at testing lines or hospitals. It’s all over the community and every day, EMT workers who are already on the front lines responding to life and death situations have the pandemic to deal with. Last week, 6 News brought you the story of James Swindlehurst, a Mid-Michigan EMT…

“The availability of the antibodies will limit our ability to help the patients”

By ahein | December 30, 2021 |

Mid-Michigan Now — Demand is outweighing the supply of monoclonal antibody infusions. Medstar started doing at-home infusions but because they needed to help more people they opened clinics across the region to administer more treatments to people. Medstar is the only ambulance service in this region to offer Monoclonal Antibodies what started out as one…

Medstar CEO Interviewed for Oakland Press Article About EMS in Michigan

By ahein | November 15, 2021 |

Kolby Miller, CEO of Clinton Township-based MedStar, an EMS provider serving Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, said offering overtime and additional incentives is not a long-term solution to this long-standing workforce shortage. Currently, MedStar has around 900 full- and part-time personnel on its clinical operations team. “We are investing in full-time personnel who are joining…

More paramedics give proactive, non-emergency care as community paramedicine grows in Michigan

By ahein | October 14, 2021 |

Second Wave Michigan — “Community paramedics can help high-risk, high-utilizing patient populations, who are going to be older; have one, two, or more comorbidities; and have been seeking care through the emergency department or other means,” says Andrew Brown, vice president of stakeholder integration for Medstar, southeast Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile health provider, serving Bay,…

Patient transfers between hospitals are more critical than ever. But in rural Michigan, the ambulances aren’t coming.

By ahein | October 8, 2021 |

Crain’s Detroit Business — Ambulance services can transfer patients only to or from a community in which they are licensed. Those licensed service providers are also usually required to maintain dedicated ambulances in a given community around the clock for 911 calls, said Kolby Miller, CEO of Medstar. Rural communities may not need another truck…

Medstar ambulance begins offering at home monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19

By ahein | October 1, 2021 |

ABC 12 — ”It’s not a vaccine, but it builds up the immune system so the patient or the person who is exposed can safely get through whatever period that is,” said Medstar Ambulance CEO Kolby Miller. A Mid-Michigan ambulance company is changing the way COVID-19 patients are treated. Most people think the only way…

Medstar paramedics helping COVID patients in their own homes with antibody treatments

By ahein | September 30, 2021 |

NBC 25/Fox 66 — There’s a growing demand for monoclonal antibody therapy to treat COVID-19 patients in Genesee, Lapeer and Bay counties. Paramedics with Medstar EMS provide the infusion treatments, which then reduce COVID-19 symptoms and lower the chances a patient will have go to the hospital. According to Medstar CEO Kolby Miller, requests are doubling each…

News Releases

MEDSTAR AWARDS AN AED (AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR) TO THE PIX THEATER

By Rachel McCrary | October 10, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, was pleased to award The PIX Theater in Lapeer an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). When someone’s heart suddenly stops beating, AEDs can significantly improve outcomes. The PIX Theatre has taken a giant leap forward in care to save its patrons and employees by applying for a grant…

MEDSTAR MAKES TRICK-OR-TREATING POSSIBLE FOR CHILDREN WITH UNIQUE CHALLENGES

By Rachel McCrary | October 8, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, is seeking some ghouls & boys, witches & warlocks who may need a hand trick-or-treating. This is an opportunity for a few local kids in our service areas to enjoy Halloween when they might not have otherwise been able to. This program is designed for kids who…

Medstar Paramedic Named Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year

By Rachel McCrary | October 7, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, is proud to join The Michigan Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (MAEMT) to honor Medstar paramedic Ray VanHevel as the EMS Practitioner of the Year. Each year, the association recognizes an EMS provider whose exemplary professional achievements and commitment to service exceed expectations. The honoree advances the…

MEDSTAR PROMOTES BARRETT JOHNSON TO ROAD SUPERVISOR

By Rachel McCrary | October 5, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, is pleased to promote Paramedic Barrett Johnson to EMS Operations Supervisor.  In this role, Barrett will support Central Operations EMTs and Paramedics in their clinical care and service to our patients, communities, and facilities. “I’m proud to see our team members grow and advance their careers within…

Medstar promotes Vince Domenick to Logistics Manager

By Rachel McCrary | September 20, 2022 |

Vince will elevate Medstar’s facilities and process infrastructure Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, congratulates Vince Domenick on his promotion to Logistics Manager. He will spearhead multidimensional facility development projects, improve building processes, assist the IT Department, and manage administrative functions that support day-to-day operations. “Since joining our team 8 years ago, Vince…

Medstar appoints Lainie Budzynowski as Vice President of Finance

By Rachel McCrary | September 14, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, has named Lainie Budzynowski as Vice President of Finance. With responsibility for financial management strategy, she will oversee financial analysis, cash management, reporting, and audit engagement.  “Lainie brings a unique blend of experience to our organization. Her financial background and strategic leadership abilities will provide great value…

Medstar promotes Dan Gernand to Deployment Manager

By Rachel McCrary | September 14, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, announces the promotion of Dan Gernand to Deployment Manager. In this role, Dan will oversee the make-ready function and clinical fleet logistics, ensuring vehicle readiness, fleet safety, and consistent deployment processes for clinical teams at the start and end of their shifts.  “Dan has been a dedicated…

Medstar appoints Jay Blaskowski as the new Communications Manager in Dispatch

By Rachel McCrary | September 14, 2022 |

Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile healthcare provider, announces the addition of Jay Blaskowski as a Communications Manager. He will oversee our current Northern Operations Communications Center in Flint and lead the project to implement our Southern Operations Communications Center in Detroit. In this new leadership role, Jay will ensure the communication centers provide optimal…

Medstar awards North Branch Wesleyan Church with AED donation

By Rachel McCrary | June 27, 2022 |

Placement made possible through the EMS organization’s “Shock and Save initiative“ On June 26th, Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile health provider, presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to North Branch Wesleyan Church. The donation was made possible through funds raised through Medstar’s “Shock and Save Initiative.”  Medstar provides matching funds from community events to ensure more…

MEDSTAR HONORS FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING EMS WEEK 2022

By Rachel McCrary | May 18, 2022 |

MEDSTAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS 900 TEAM MEMBERS WHO DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO SERVING OTHERS Medstar, Michigan’s largest EMS and mobile health provider, honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day care and service on the frontlines of clinical care, especially our own. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and…