LifeCare was founded in 1983 with the formation of a non-profit ambulance service to provide care to the city of Battle Creek. Known then as Cereal City EMS, the name was changed to LifeCare Ambulance Service after consolidating with Bedford Rescue Squad in 1988.


LifeCare was integral in bringing Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic services to many areas in southwest Michigan. During the past decades, we have expanded our operations outside of Battle Creek and made a positive impact on the communities we serve.

In 2017 LifeCare merged with the Ann Arbor-based EMS organization, Emergent Health Partners. In addition to LifeCare, Emergent Health owns and operates five other ambulance services throughout southern Michigan, many of which have been in operations for upwards of 20 years. This merger allowed us to strengthen our business model and ensured long-term stability for the communities we serve. Altogether Emergent Health’s EMS agencies serve over 1 million Michigan residents. 


President and ceo

Ron Slagell

Vice President

Steve Frisbie

Paramedic Supervisors

  • Kathy Armstrong
  • Raymond Brahier
  • Julie Masten
  • Matt Mills
  • Kyle Nevins
  • Robbie Stainbrook

Operations Managers

  • Tim Miner

LifeCare Ambulance is a member of Emergent Health Partners.

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