Recognition Award Recipients

The individuals listed below were awarded the CARES  Participation or Excellence Award for their dedication to collecting out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) data for quality improvement purposes.  Each year, approximately 300,000 persons in the United States experience an OHCA.  The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) is a national cardiac arrest registry that allows communities to measure the effectiveness of their emergency response systems and identify opportunities to improve quality of care. Participation in a national registry is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

These individuals successfully participated in CARES and have been recognized for data collection and quality improvement efforts.  Participation in CARES allows for measurement of both bystander and 911 response, including information about bystander CPR and AED application, telephone CPR, and EMS response times.  Using this information, EMS/Hospitals/Dispatch Centers can discover promising practices and implement new programs to improve emergency care for patients in their communities.

Their dedication to collecting OHCA data has helped strengthen collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, EMS agencies and hospitals, with the ultimate goal of improving survival rates. For more information on CARES and the benefits of cardiac arrest data collection, please see the CARES website (


2017 Recipients


  • Jeff Boyd Livingston County EMS

  • Randy Bloom Emergent Health Partners

  • Justin Hooks Alliance Mobile Health

  • Chad Lawton Muskegon MCA

  • Patrick Lickiss AMR

  • Tony Sorenson Life EMS

  • Eric Snidersich Saginaw Valley MCA



  • Shobi Mathew Detroit Medical Center



  • Emergent Health Partners

2018 Recipients


  • Matt Rose Emergent Health Partners

  • Kimberly Goodrich Medstar Ambulance


  • Spencer May Wayne State University

  • John France Henry Ford Health System

  • Jennifer Fowler University of Michigan

EMS and Hospital

  • Christina Benson 5th District Medical Response Coalition Kalamazoo


  • Cherie Bartram SERESA

  • Robert Swor Beaumont Hospital


Excellence Award

Dale Berry Emergent Health Partners

2019 Recipients



  • James Becker, BSBA, EMT-P, Life EMS Ambulance


  • Molly Schiefler, Clinical Database Specialist RN, BSN,

        Spectrum Health

  • Melissa Schneider, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator, 

        Mercy Health, Lakeshore Campus



  • Kristin Kasten, Communications Supervisor, 
    Emergent Health Partners



  • Kimberly Vellano, MPH, Director of Data Management & Software Development

       CARES: Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival Emory University

       Woodruff Health Sciences Center Atlanta, Georgia