CCEMS Historical PhotoLifeCare Ambulance’s history begins in 1983 with the formation of a not-for-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 following a consolidation with Bedford Rescue Squad in 1988.

The new company brought Advanced Life Support (ALS) to many areas in Southwestern Michigan that previously did not have access to paramedic level care. In fact, in almost every area that LifeCare has expanded, ALS care was provided for the first time. This began when ALS was first offered in Calhoun County in 1987. In 1990, LifeCare began an operational partnership with Gull Lake Area Ambulance, bringing ALS to the rural Kalamazoo area and establishing partnerships with paramedics and the Gull Lake volunteers.

In 1994, LifeCare brought ALS to Branch County including the areas of Coldwater, Bronson and Quincy.

In 1996, LifeCare entered into an operating agreement with Mendon Ambulance Service in St. Joseph County. Established for several decades, the family owned Mendon Ambulance chose LifeCare as a partner in introducing ALS into the communities of Mendon, Colon, Centerville, and the surrounding townships.

LifeCare brought ALS service to central Cass County in 2005, and in 2007 expanded its services further within St. Joseph County, including the communities of Sturgis, Constantine, and White Pigeon.

Branch disaster drill, 2009, DSC_0098Recognizing the challenges that must be overcome in providing high quality ambulance service, LifeCare took two steps to provide long term stability and quality for the communities it serves.

  • In 1996, LifeCare joined six other Michigan ambulance providers as an owner provider of Mobile Health Resources, LLC. MHR is a statewide ambulance network established to improve operating efficiency of and to secure statewide medical transportation contracts.
  • In 1998 LifeCare Ambulance became the 60th Ambulance Service Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Every three years, LifeCare undergoes a re-accreditation process including an on-site review to ensure it is operating according these gold standards. Of the 13,000 ambulance services in the USA, only around 120 are currently accredited.