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LifeCare Ambulance to Offer Annual Fellowship In Partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Battle Creek, Mich. – LifeCare Ambulance Service ( has formed a partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed, to provide an annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowship to medical students in the emergency medical field. Established in 2016 from donations by the LifeCare board of directors and management team, with matching funds from LifeCare Ambulance Service, the fellowship enables a WMed student to work with LifeCare Ambulance conducting EMS research or implementing a community benefit program. Upon completion, the student will write and potentially publish a research paper, and present their findings at regional or national conferences, including the National Association of EMS Physicians annual meeting (

“Our primary goal is to improve medical service to the communities we serve,” says LifeCare Ambulance CEO, Ron Slagell. “A student who is interested in the emergency medical field or looking at pre-hospital care as part of their medical practice is the perfect candidate. It’s also an extremely relevant specialty. In Michigan, for example, all EMS personnel work under the direction of an EMS physician in their county who establishes protocols, procedures and monitors quality.”

This year’s recipient, Raphael Szymanski, will research emergency cardiac arrest treatment and analyze the use of mechanical CPR devices for patients in cardiac arrest and the impact on patient’s resuscitation. He will review data, up to five years’ history, tracking items like response time, age, bystander CPR and patient outcomes to make statistical analyses.

“There’s not a lot of research formally published regarding pre-hospital emergency medical care and services,” continues Slagell. “We’re looking to help change that and make a greater impact on the care our patients receive.”

More about the LifeCare EMS Fellowship

The fellowship was created for individuals to focus on an EMS project to improve the health of individuals, the community, or enhance the delivery of services. Fellows can participate in collaborative projects while working with LifeCare senior management. Slagell notes that, depending on the scope of the research projects, fellowships will range from four to eight months, and in some cases a full year.

Students pursuing an advanced degree in a healthcare-related field are eligible to apply for the fellowship each year. Areas of focus can include research and data analysis, operational efficiencies, patient care protocols, quality improvement, minority recruitment and community health and EMS system improvements.

“WMed’s learner-centered focus is a perfect fit for the LifeCare Ambulance Fellowship,” adds WMed Associate Dean for Health Equity and Community Affairs, Cheryl Dickson, MD. “We wholly support educational opportunities that are self-directed, peer-supported and include experiential inquiry, an approach that enhances medical education, clinical care and research. We also believe it encourages adult learners to serve the communities they live in as well as those globally.”

Funds are held at the Battle Creek Community Foundation in an endowment, designed to provide annual funding.

About LifeCare Ambulance Service
LifeCare Ambulance Service serves as the 9-1-1 response provider for seven Southcentral Michigan counties covering 1,400 square miles, including Battle Creek, Coldwater, Sturgis, Mendon, Cassopolis and surrounding areas. Upholding the highest standards of advanced life support services found anywhere in the country, LifeCare is proud of the bond it has formed with the medical community and area residents. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Learn more at

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Planning for the new medical school began in 2008 and WMed was granted provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and candidate status by the Higher Learning Commission in 2016. The school, which welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014, is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, tuition from students, and endowment income. The home of the new medical school includes the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Clinics, a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus, and a 350,000 square foot educational building in downtown Kalamazoo that was donated by MPI Research. Located on the new W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, the educational building underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project and opened in June 2014. An additional $10 million renovation of two floors for laboratory research was competed in early 2016.