Mercy Health is pleased to announce its new expanded Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, which will work with area Prehospital Emergency Service providers to ensure delivery of the most comprehensive emergency care.

The Mercy Health EMS Division is composed of five local EMS physicians who will help provide a team approach to protocols and standards of care throughout Northwest Ohio. Additionally, the physicians will provide 24/7 on-call telephone support to area EMS agencies. 

Working together with the EMS professionals in our region, these physicians will provide supervision and medical direction to our first responders as well as expanded training opportunities. Specifically, Mercy Health will continue to work with the Northwest Ohio Emergency Medical Services Consortium, serving communities such as Defiance County, Sandusky County, Henry County, Wyandot County, Wood County, and Fulton County as well as multiple city, township, municipal agencies.  The Division also supports local industry and commercial entities which require advanced emergency medical services, including Hollywood Casino, Materion Brush, and Toledo Refining Inc.   
“This is a game changer. Never in this region have we been in a position to offer more advanced and comprehensive EMS Medical Direction and education to the agencies we serve,” said Dr. Nick Sauber, director of Mercy Health Emergency Medical Services Division and Regional EMS Medical Director for Mercy Health - Toledo and TEAMhealth Northeast Group. 

“With Mercy Health’s capital and infrastructure support, physicians can be present in the communities we serve, providing direct medical care, supervising the men and women working on the front line, and bringing world class training directly to their firehouses or stations,” he added. “The depth and breadth of experience our physicians can offer, as well as the industry leading patient care already being practiced by these EMS professionals each and every day, creates a powerhouse that will continue to shape the landscape of prehospital care in our region. The work this group can now do will save lives and improve patient care, bottom line.”

The new division was unveiled on the annual Emergency Medicine Resident EMS Day on Sept. 12 at the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College. Emergency Medicine residents from Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and the University of Toledo experienced real-life emergencies during EMS training day, which included multiple stations that give the doctors hands-on training in areas such as hazardous materials situations, vehicle extractions, fire suppression and incident command leadership. 

“Mercy Health is committed to ensuring that everyone in the region receives the highest level of care in their time of need. This can only be accomplished through specifically trained medical professionals that are integrated with our first responders,” said Matt Sapara, vice president, Operations and Regional Development for Mercy Health – Toledo.

On hand to celebrate announcement of the new division were area fire chiefs and EMS leadership. Sandusky County EMS Director Jeff Jackson noted that in years past EMS agencies tended not to collaborate. He expressed excitement that together with Mercy Health, agencies can work collaboratively to provide the best care in emergency situations throughout the region. 

“This is very exciting. It is phenomenal that agencies are now part of this consortium. Now we are all on the same team,” Jackson said. “With this group of doctors and the research, we will be an EMS powerhouse in northwest Ohio.”