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Deadline approaching > EMS agencies to submit stroke protocols to the Division of EMS & ODH by March 20, 2022

From the Ohio Division of EMS…

New law requires EMS agencies to submit stroke protocols to the Division of EMS by March 20, 2022.

Ohio Senate Bill 21 requires the medical director or cooperating physician advisory board of each EMS organization to consult with one or more local hospitals to establish written protocols for the assessment, treatment, and transport of stroke patients to hospitals.

Each protocol must be submitted to the EMFTS Board, the Department of Health, and the regional director or regional advisory board appointed under ORC 4765.05 by March 20, 2022.


  • Must be in PDF format
  • Must include agency name, agency number, agency medical director’s name, and only the agency stroke protocols

Protocols should be submitted to both of the following email addresses:

Additional SB21 Resources:

OhioHealth Neuroscience/Stroke Information:

OhioHealth to present at Firehouse Expo in Columbus Ohio, September 14-18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

We’re excited OhioHealth and our EMS team is well represented at this year’s FIrehouse Expo in Columbus. Our presenters include:

John Casey, DO

EMS Medical Director and Emergency Medicine Residency Director

OhioHealth Doctors Hospital Emergency Medicine

John Casey, DO, MA, FACEP, FACOEP, is a board-certified emergency physician. He serves as program director for the emergency medicine residency at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. Casey is the EMS medical director for multiple EMS agencies. Casey was twice awarded the Virginia Governor’s Award for Meritorious Disaster Service. He was named Outstanding Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation in 2012 and, in 2014, he was named USACS Clinician of the Year. He was honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” for his work with the Affordable Care Act.



Eric Cortez, MD

System EMS Medical Director

OhioHealth EMS

Eric Cortez is a fellowship-trained and board-certified EMS physician who practices emergency medicine in Columbus, OH. He serves as a faculty member for the Ohio Health Doctors Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency and EMS Fellowship Program, and as medical director for the OhioHealth System EMS Program and several EMS agencies in the region.



Andrew Kalnow, DO

EMS Medical Director, Assistant Program Director and Simulation Director

OhioHealth Doctors Hospital Emergency Medicine


Drew Kalnow, DO, is an assistant program director and director of simulation for the Emergency Medicine residency program at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH, and an EMS medical director in the Central Ohio region. He is a co-host of “EM Over Easy,” an emergency medicine podcast focused on “More than Medicine” and “The Cannon: An OhioHealth EMS Podcast.” Prior to attending medical school, Kalnow worked as a firefighter and paramedic in Central Ohio in both the rural and suburban setting. He received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Doctors Hospital-OhioHealth.



Robert Lowe, MD

EMS/Physician Medical Director

Columbus, OH, Division of Fire


Robert Lowe is an active EMS medical director who is board certified in EMS and emergency medicine. He serves full time in his role as medical director of Columbus, OH, Division of Fire. Lowe still works ED shifts and is an adjunct clinical professor of emergency medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He remains active in the teaching and training of emergency medicine residents, EMS physician fellows, EMS providers, and medical students.



Nathan Jennings, Paramedic

Manager, Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit Firefighter / Paramedic


Nate Jennings is a firefighter and paramedic and has been serving Prehospital and Hospital organizations for more than 20 years. In addition to working at Norwich Township Fire Department in Hilliard, OH, he works for OhioHealth supporting Neuroscience Education and the newly built Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU). Focusing on the growth and development of the Fire and EMS industry, Jennings is passionate about supporting firefighters and paramedics to develop their skills and abilities to serve their own communities.



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