2016 Impact Report

    A New Home for a Vital Campus Program

    Almost a quarter century ago, University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services took shape, and it has evolved into a vital — and life-saving — campus presence. Now donor support has provided a home that matches the program's prominence and impact.

    In November 1992, a handful of University Public Safety cadets recognized the need for an emergency response team on campus. Their initiative prompted the formation of UD EMS.A New Home A donated University van served as an ambulance, and the station was housed in a side room in the Public Safety building. No formal training was required, and the cadets were the only members. In addition, service was only provided on the weekends, with no set schedule.

    Fast forward to 2017:

    • Over 500 undergraduate students have served in the program.
    • EMS has 60 student volunteers participate in the program each year, all of whom are nationally and locally certified emergency medical technicians.
    • EMS service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the academic year.
    • Last year alone, EMS attended to more than 600 service calls, ranging from minor illnesses to life-threatening emergencies, and logged over 13,000 volunteer hours.
    • UD EMS has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 State of Ohio Department of Emergency Medical Services' EMS Agency of the Year.

    This huge amount of program growth was fueled by University — and donor — investments. The donated van was put to rest in 2000 with the acquisition of an ambulance, which was replaced with a newer model in 2012. EMS also acquired an industrial-size heated garage. Early in the program, University Residential Services had even donated a small two-story house in the student neighborhood to serve as EMS headquarters.

    But as the program grew, the cramped headquarters, known as the Rescue Squad House, limited EMS capabilities. Donors took heed and paved the way for a new house benefiting the expansive program.

    Maj. Randy Groesbeck, director of administration and security for the Department of Public Safety and the student organization's adviser, explained: "The old house was over 100 years old, had two small bedrooms and a single, very small bathroom. It was simply no longer suitable for this purpose."

    Current EMS Chief Jacob Busch '17 shared the impact of the new house: "With more space, we can now hold review sessions for our new members who are working toward becoming nationally certified EMTs. Moreover, this new house is outfitted for EMS operations, compared to our old house which was outfitted for a daily college lifestyle. It has lights that turn on when we get a call, allowing us to see better in the middle of the night. And we now have room to study and relax while on shift. We also have two more beds than before, so no one has to sleep on the couch anymore." The University dedicated the new house in August 2016, just in time for the start of the academic year.

    EMS members immediately felt the effect of the new house. Andrea Toth '17 said, "Everyone involved went above and beyond to make sure that we, as an organization, would have everything we would ever need. I'm not sure we will ever be able to put into words how much this house means to us and how thankful we are, but we will certainly try to show our gratitude through the way that we work to serve our community."

    Through their service to the campus community, Toth and other EMS members not only impact and save lives — they gain an experience that changes the course of their own lives, helping develop them into tomorrow's servant-leaders. Toth summed it up best: "To simply say that UD EMS has enhanced my college experience does not do it justice. Being a member of UD EMS has been truly life-changing and has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. I will be forever indebted to this organization for the experiences that I have had, knowledge and skills that I have acquired, and friends I have made."

    Donor support has provided a home that reflects all that the program means to — and does for — the campus community. Thank you for making it happen.

    2017 Impact Stories

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    • Message from Dr. Spinaspina_200x180.jpgA message to alumni, parents and friends from Eric F. Spina.
    • Impact of Endowed Fundsimpact-student_280x290.jpgThe University of Dayton endowment creates a base of perpetual support for the mission of the University.
    • The Most Meaningful Impactmeaningful-court.jpgAt the University of Dayton, a gift's impact often goes far beyond bricks and mortar.
    • Answering Curran's Call to Actioncurran-call-main_400x375.jpgDaniel Curran imprinted his bold vision on every University program and initiative, including a signature program of his legacy, the Human Rights Center.
    • A Valuable Partnership Supporting a Growing Needpartnership-main.jpgFor decades, the University of Dayton has been at the forefront of advanced research and technology.
    • Giving Coaches What They Need to Succeedcoaches-main_350x285.jpgAll athletic programs rely upon the quality of their facilities to attract top talent and compete on a national level.
    • More Than an Educationmore-main-adam-tanesha.jpgWed-to-wed stories are common at any college, and the University of Dayton is no exception. Two examples? The Toias and the Pettys.
    • The Gift That Gives Backgives-main_400x346.jpgGifts of all kinds change lives at the University of Dayton, including gifts of time.
    • A New Home for a Vital Campus Programhome-main-520x505.jpgAlmost a quarter century ago, University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services took shape, and it has evolved into a vital - and life-saving - campus presence.
    • An Unexpected Path - and a Big Impactpath-main-300x300.jpgAt the University of Dayton, our Catholic, Marianist spirit extends into all facets of the institution.
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    A message to alumni, parents and friends from Eric F. Spina.


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