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Medstar provides annual report to Macomb Township

By ahein | August 2, 2021 |

Macomb Township Chronicle — An area medical service recently provided insight into how its operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the July 14 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Kolby Miller, Medstar Ambulance chief executive officer, presented to the board about the status of the township’s services. “As you can imagine, 2020 was a…

Medstar CEO details COVID-19 sacrifices to Macomb Twp. Board

By ahein | July 22, 2021 |

The Macomb Daily — COVID-19’s local impact in terms of service and sacrifice was detailed for the Macomb Township Board of Trustees on July 14, when Medstar Ambulance CEO Kolby Miller made his 2020 report presentation. Miller said COVID-19 impacted both interfacility and critical care work at Medstar and detailed personal sacrifices the pandemic caused…

Genesee County communities try new solution to ambulance shortage

By ahein | July 9, 2021 |

ABC 12 — Genesee County has been dealing with an ambulance shortage all year. The county reported 21 days over seven months in late 2020 when zero ambulances were available to respond to calls for help. The county reaches “critical status” for ambulances with five or fewer units available almost daily — sometimes multiple times a day.…

City of Burton partnering with Medstar Ambulance for guaranteed emergency service

By ahein | July 9, 2021 |

ABC 12 — There’s a new lifeline for first responders in Burton. The city is announcing a partnership for EMS services with Medstar Ambulance, but it’s not just ambulance staff that are getting help. It could also make a life-saving difference for those responding to an emergency. Right now in Burton, there are times where…

Mich. county reaches critical ambulance status daily

By ahein | July 9, 2021 |

EMS1 — There were 21 days in seven months’ time in which no ambulances were available to respond to calls in Genesse County, Mich., ABC 12 reported.  When there are five or fewer ambulances at the ready, the county considers it “critical status,” meaning the county’s 911 center must call in outside ambulances or redirect units en…

Davison area governments approve ambulance contract with Medstar

By ahein | July 9, 2021 |

The Davison Index — The three local units of government – Davison, Davison Township and Richfield Township – all unanimously approved a contract for emergency medical services with MedStar ambulance this week. Davison City Manager Andrea Schroeder said she and Davison- Richfield Fire Chief Brian Flewelling had the chance to meet with representatives from Medstar…

ABC12 investigates: why is Genesee County’s ambulance shortage becoming worse?

By ahein | June 18, 2021 |

ABC 12 — “Who would ever expect in today’s era that you pick up and dial 911, and we don’t have an ambulance to send to you?” asked Genesee County 911′s Deputy Director Tim Jones. It’s a problem Genesee County’s been dealing with for months. ABC12 first brought it to the community’s attention in January.…

Quick thinking, AED save life

By ahein | June 10, 2021 |

Tri-City Times — Tragedy was averted last month for a Country Smoke House employee and its all due to the business’s automatic external defibrillator (AED) and the staff members who came to her aid. Last week, Medstar EMS acknowledged co-owners Suzanne and Steve Francis and managers Todd Kaatz and Carma Capizzo for jumping into action…

Almont restaurant crew jumps into action after employee goes into cardiac arrest — AED used to help save worker’s life

By ahein | June 3, 2021 |

WDIV — When a worker at Country Smoke House in Almont collapsed and stopped breathing the co-owner of the business and others stepped in to help save their life. The worker experienced cardiac arrest on Thursday (May 27). When the worker collapsed, the co-owner of the business, Suzanne Francis, began CPR while her husband, Stephen, retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED).…

Local first responders being celebrated during Michigan EMS Recognition Week

By ahein | May 21, 2021 |

WNEM TV — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed this week as Michigan EMS Recognition Week to honor first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. It is a thank you to the emergency medical service personnel at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizing EMS heroes in the community and the critical role they…

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…