Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Emergent Health Partners Board of Trustees honors individuals for their outstanding contribution to our organization and emergency medical services in the communities we serve.

The following individuals have been honored and we are grateful for their outstanding contributions:


award picJeptha Dalston, Ph.D.

Dr. Dalston was one of five Washtenaw County hospital CEOs that had the vision and dedication to create Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA). Faced with the possibility of no ambulance coverage for the community, these hospital leaders guided 41 employees and six ambulances into a cohesive service in 1981 under hospital ownership, and later transferred it to community ownership in 1985. Dr. Dalston was Executive Director of the University of Michigan Hospital. He served on the HVA Board in 1983 and 1984.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005. Dr. Dalston passed away in 2008.


award picWillard Johnson

Mr. Johnson was one of five Washtenaw County hospital CEOs that had the vision and dedication to create HVA. Faced with the possibility of no ambulance coverage for the community, these hospital leaders guided 41 employees and six ambulances into a cohesive service in 1981 under hospital ownership, and later transferred it to community ownership in 1985. Mr. Johnson was President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital and served on the HVA Board from 1983 to 1988 and was Chair from 1983 to 1985.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005.


award picJohn Freysinger

Mr. Freysinger was one of five Washtenaw County hospital CEOs that had the vision and dedication to create HVA. Faced with the possibility of no ambulance coverage for the community, these hospital leaders guided 41 employees and six ambulances into a cohesive service in 1981 under hospital ownership, and later transferred it to community ownership in 1985. Mr. Freysinger was Executive Director of the Peoples Community Hospital Authority (Beyer Memorial Hospital). He served on the HVA Board in 1983 and 1984.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005 and accepted by his family. Mr. Freysinger passed away in 1991.


award picWilliam Lavery

Mr. Lavery was one of five Washtenaw County hospital CEOs that had the vision and dedication to create HVA. Faced with the possibility of no ambulance coverage for the community, these hospital leaders guided together 41 employees and six ambulances into a cohesive service in 1981 under hospital ownership, and later transferred to community ownership in 1985. Mr. Lavery was President and CEO of Saline Community Hospital. He served on the HVA Board in 1983 and 1984.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005.


award picRobert Laverty

Mr. Laverty was one of five Washtenaw County hospital CEOs that had the vision and dedication to create HVA. Faced with the possibility of no ambulance coverage for the community, these hospital leaders guided 41 employees and six ambulances into a cohesive service in 1981 under hospital ownership, and later transferred to community ownership in 1985. Mr. Laverty was President and CEO of Catherine McAuley Health Center (St. Joseph Mercy Hospital). He served on the HVA Board from 1981 to 1984.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005.


award picBetty Beese, John Sharp, Jeffrey Carrier, Ph.D., Joseph Hubbard, Elizabeth Cromas, Sharon Joy Hostetler and Kenneth Ballou.

Mr. Ballou, Ms. Beese, Ms. Cromas, Mr. Hubband and Mr. Sharp were charter members of the Albion Area Ambulance Service and established local EMS service after two funeral homes discontinued operations in 1966. Dr. Carrier and Ms. Hostetler were educators and volunteers. AAAS flourished with 50 volunteers, two ambulances and a robust EMS education program, and grew to become an important health care provider in the community. The service became part of Jackson Community Ambulance in 1999 and is operated as Albion Community Ambulance.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2005.


award picRichard Burney, M.D.

Dr. Burney was instrumental in the design and implementation of paramedic advanced life support in Washtenaw County. He nurtured our ALS system and encouraged HVA to become one of the most clinically sophisticated paramedic programs in the nation. Dr. Burney served as Section Head of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2006.


award picGregory Henry, M.D.

Dr. Henry was instrumental in the design and implementation of paramedic advanced life support in Washtenaw County. He nurtured our ALS system and encouraged HVA to become one of the most clinically sophisticated paramedic programs in the nation. Dr. Henry served as Chief of Emergency Services at Beyer Memorial Hospital in Ypsilanti and also served on the HVA Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1990. He also served as President of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1998.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2006.


award picJohn McCabe, M.D.

Dr. McCabe was instrumental in the design and implementation of paramedic advanced life support in Washtenaw County. He nurtured our ALS system and encouraged HVA to become one of the most clinically sophisticated paramedic programs in the nation. Dr. McCabe served as head of Emergency Services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2006.


award picE. Jude Huetteman

Mrs. Huetteman has devoted her life to health care advocacy and as a champion for social justice, always representing those who lack access to health care. She served for nineteen years as a member of the HVA Board of Trustees and twice was elected Chair of the Board. She embraced the responsibilities of HVA's community ownership, taking it to heart and working tirelessly for our organization. She is a brilliant leader, using her values and expertise to steer HVA toward the success it enjoys today.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May, 2010. Mrs. Huetteman passed away in 2014.


award picRobert Guenzel

Mr. Guenzel served as Washtenaw County Administrator from 1994 to 2010 and is a well known advocate for social justice. He was instrumental in the formation of HVA's long term relationship with county government. Over the years, Mr. Guenzel nurtured our organization and promoted partnerships with us that have benefited countless residents and community organizations. He has done everything possible to insure HVA's continued success as a vital community resource.

Awarded by the HVA Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May, 2011.


award picPeter Forster

During his 33-year career as an emergency services administrator at the University of Michigan Health System, Mr. Forster did everything in his power to make us successful. He worked with us to improve neonatal transportation while he promoted trust and confidence in our organization through the entire U-M Health System. He also served as Chair of the Washtenaw County EMS Commission that monitors HVA’s contract to provide ambulance service for the county and promotes best practices in our EMS system.

Awarded by the Emergent Health Partners Board of Trustees during EMS Week in May 2014.


Plaques honoring our Lifetime Achievement Award Winners are displayed in the lobby of the Emergent Health Partners building in Ann Arbor.

For further information about our awardees, please email Community Relations or call 734-477-6782.