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In the news

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…

Medstar honors workers during EMS Week

By ahein | May 21, 2021 |

The Macomb Daily — Clinton Township-based Medstar is celebrating EMS Recognition Week this week, honoring its 800-plus employees with catered meals, gifts, and raffles for the workers. The week-long celebration provided a respite from the chaotic scenes personnel for the nonprofit usually see while manning ambulances in several Macomb County communities. READ MORE.

This week we honor EMS responders

By ahein | May 21, 2021 |

The County Press — The EMS and medical first responder community in Lapeer County has been instrumental to providing compassionate care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals put their own health in harm’s way when they entered private residences, nursing homes and foster living facilities to care for people in the community who were sickened…

Ambulance companies rethink business plan as volumes, revenue decline

By ahein | May 4, 2021 |

Crain’s Detroit Business — Ambulance companies rely on growth in volume of reimbursable transports to cover expenses and even turn a profit. But since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, Michigan companies have been facing more severe staffing shortages, they have seen volume decline by as much as 40 percent as people choose not…

Ascension Genesys Hospital workers honored with ‘clap out’ by first responders

By ahein | April 28, 2021 |

Medstar was honored to participate in a “clap out” to recognize our partners at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township for their dedication and commitment to patient care. We’re all in this together! READ MORE.

Michigan Ambulance Company adjusting through COVID-19 surge, urging precaution

By ahein | April 23, 2021 |

The new COVID-19 variant is hitting Michigan hard with a record-breaking number of children hospitalized with the virus this week.  Our CEO Kolby Miller spoke with ABC 12 WJRT-TV to share an update about EMS services and providers during this third wave.  READ MORE.

Mid-Michigan hospitals nearing capacity as COVID-19 surge escalates

By ahein | April 16, 2021 |

This latest COVID-19 surge is impacting healthcare providers across the state. Medstar CEO Kolby Miller spoke with ABC12: First In-Depth Everywhere WJRT-TV about how it’s affecting EMS. READ MORE.

Medstar EMT training program pays its students

By ahein | February 19, 2021 |

ABC 12 News (WJRT) — Several weeks ago, our own Ann Pirret brought you the story on the shortage of ambulance services in Genesee County. Well, one mid-Michigan emergency care provider is trying to help increase the number of trained people available. READ MORE.

Medstar building staff delivers top care to patients across Genesee County

By ahein | January 26, 2021 |

AND Magazine – In 1986, a young Kolby Miller of Flint worked nights as a disc jockey and at an ice arena. During the day, he volunteered at the Swartz Creek fire department. Friends there told him of job opportunities at the area ambulance service. READ MORE.

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…