Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, Endowed by FirstWatch

Brief history of Jack Stout’s impact on EMS (approx. 2 minutes)

2023 recipient, Kayla Welwood, manager of Low Acuity and Integrated Care with the Clinical Hub, at theBritish Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) was announced. See full article here.


To see Jack’s articles and other writings, please visit the Jack Stout page on EMS Museum.org

Kayla Welwood

Jack Stout

Applications now closed for the 2024–25 Jack Stout EMS Fellowship

Emerging EMS Leaders Invited to Submit Applications from February 1–March 15, 2024

PLATTE CITY, MO — The Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch, is accepting applications now through March 15, 2024. Now in its third year, the Fellowship is open to emerging EMS leaders interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills to lead EMS systems now and in the future.

The Fellowship was developed by FirstWatch in cooperation with the Fitch EMS Foundation, a non-profit organization led by Jay Fitch, PhD. Its mission is to build on Fitch & Associates’ core value of leadership development by giving back through scholarships to aspiring leaders. Celebrating its 26th year, FirstWatch helps public safety and healthcare professionals serve their communities through the use of technology and the science of quality improvement.

Named for the late Jack Stout, considered to be the father of high-performance EMS systems, the Fellowship will allow selected individuals to understand the principles espoused by Stout:

  • How to be a people-centered leader. Someone who effectively puts patients, the people who care for them, and the people who support the process at the center of their strategy, daily decisions, and budget.
  • What and how it means to be data driven. Understanding how to request data, analyze the results, and make decisions using all kinds of system data.
  • The elements of improvement science. Using a structured process to drive improvements in everything from clinical care and employee joy to fiscal health and fleet reliability.
  • How to use systems thinking. Making better decisions moment by moment and engaging in more effective strategic planning requires a view of the big picture.
  • And much more.

Matt Parrish, a captain with the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire, was the initial recipient of the Fellowship. Kayla Welwood, Manager of Low Acuity and Integrated Care, with the Clinical Hub, at the British Columbia (Canada) Emergency Health Services is the current recipient.

The selected Jack Stout EMS Fellow will attend the 2024 Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum, held this year August 12–16 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida. He or she will also attend either the Fitch Ambulance Service Manager (ASM) program or the Communication Center Manager (CCM) program with all registration and travel expenses covered by FirstWatch.

Fellows also receive a customized mentorship program, led by Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide at FirstWatch. Mike was recently awarded the prestigious Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award, given by the National Association of EMS Physicians. Part of the Stout Fellowship includes working with Mike directly on a quality improvement project.

“Jack Stout was a tremendous mentor to me.” Mike said, “It is a great honor to pay that forward.”

“My Dad would be so proud to know he’s still making a difference,” added Todd Stout, founder and president of FirstWatch. “I hope everyone who wants to make a positive contribution to EMS applies for this Fellowship.”

Applications for the 2024-2025 Fellowship will be accepted through March 15, 2024. To apply, go to FitchEMSFoundation.org, click on Scholarships, and select the Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch.

Fitch EMS Foundation
FirstWatch Helping the Helpers

About FirstWatch
FirstWatch helps public safety and healthcare professionals serve their communities through the use of technology and the science of quality improvement. Drawing on deep experience in emergency services, the FirstWatch team develops software and personalized solutions for over 500 communities across North America.

About the Fitch EMS Foundation
The Foundation was created by the EMS consulting firm Fitch & Associates who believe the future of the EMS profession requires the aggressive development of its future leaders. By providing scholarships, the Foundation opens the door to a community of high-performing emerging leaders who need a helping hand for a national perspective.

About the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum
Now in its 19th year, Pinnacle is the only leadership-focused national meeting that serves all EMS service models. Always located in a retreat-like setting, the conference is renowned for its networking, mentoring, and cutting-edge program. The 2024 Pinnacle will be at the JW Marriott, Marco Island, Florida, August 12–16, 2024.

Contact:

Jay Fitch, PhD
Fitch & Associates
jfitch@FitchEMSFoundation.org
816-903-4901

Mike Taigman
FirstWatch
mtaigman@firstwatch.net
510-593-5730


Captain Matthew Parrish

2022 inaugural recipient, Matt Parrish, a captain with the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire was announced. See full article here.

Jack Stout

The Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, Endowed by FirstWatch, Provides Unique Opportunities for Leadership Development

PLATTE CITY, MO — The Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch, will be open to any aspiring EMS leader who is interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills to lead EMS systems now and in the future. Named for the late Jack Stout, considered to be the father of high-performance EMS systems, the Fellowship will allow selected individuals to learn the principles espoused by Stout:

  • How to be a people-centered leader. Someone who effectively puts patients, the people who care for them, and the people who support the process at the center of their strategy, daily decisions, and budget.
  • What and how it means to be data driven. Understanding how to request data, analyze the results, and make decisions using all kinds of system data.
  • The elements of improvement science. Using a structured process to drive improvements in everything from clinical care and employee joy to fiscal health and fleet reliability.
  • How to use systems thinking. Making better decisions moment by moment and engaging in more effective strategic planning requires a view of the big picture.
  • And much more.

The Jack Stout EMS Fellowship was developed by FirstWatch in cooperation with the Fitch EMS Foundation, a non-profit organization announced in August 2021 at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum. Led by Jay Fitch, PhD, its mission is to build on Fitch & Associates’ core value of leadership development by giving back through scholarships to emerging leaders.

“We strongly embrace the legacy of Jack Stout, who in fact served as an important mentor to me,” said Jay Fitch, PhD.  “I am honored to have the Fitch EMS Foundation partner with FirstWatch to create the Stout Fellowship.”

Jack Stout Fellows will attend the 2022 Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum and either the Fitch Ambulance Service Manager (ASM) program or the Communication Center Manager (CCM) program with all expenses covered by FirstWatch. Fellows will be mentored by FirstWatch senior leaders Todd Stout, Founder and President, Randy Skomsvold, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Silvia Verdugo, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide, among others, including Jay Fitch, PhD and other members of the Fitch leadership team.

“FirstWatch is so proud of this partnership and opportunity for leadership development,” said Todd Stout, son of Jack Stout and founder of FirstWatch. “Giving back to our profession is part of who we are and we appreciate how the Fitch EMS Foundation facilitated making this happen in my father’s name.”

Nominations for the 2022-2023 Fellowship will be accepted through June 15, 2022, and the chosen candidate will have the option of attending Pinnacle 2022, all expenses and registration paid. To apply, go to FitchEMSFoundation.org and select the Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch.

Fitch EMS Foundation
FirstWatch Helping the Helpers

About FirstWatch  
FirstWatch helps public safety and healthcare professionals serve their communities through the use of technology and the science of quality improvement. Drawing on deep experience in emergency services, the FirstWatch team develops software and personalized solutions for over 500 communities across North America.

About the Fitch EMS Foundation
The Foundation was created by the EMS consulting firm Fitch & Associates and others who believe the future of the EMS profession requires the aggressive development of its future leaders. By providing scholarships, the Foundation opens the door to a community of high-performing emerging leaders who need a helping hand for a national perspective.

About the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum
Now in its 16th year, Pinnacle is the only leadership-focused national meeting that serves all EMS service models. Always located in a retreat-like setting, the conference is renown for its networking, mentoring and cutting-edge program. This year’s Pinnacle will be at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida.

Contact:
Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide, FirstWatch
mtaigman@firstwatch.net
510-593-5730