Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch

Fitch EMS Foundation

Jack Stout EMS Fellowship

The Jack Stout EMS Fellowship, endowed by FirstWatch, will be open to any aspiring EMS leader who is interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills to lead EMS systems now and in the future. Named for the late Jack Stout, considered to be the father of high-performance EMS systems, the Fellowship will allow selected individuals to learn the principles espoused by Stout.


Jack Stout Fellows will attend the Pinnacle meeting and either the Fitch Ambulance Services Manager (ASM) program or the Communication Center Manager (CCM) program with all expenses covered by FirstWatch. Fellows will be mentored by FirstWatch senior leaders Todd Stout, Founder and President, Randy Skomsvold, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Silvia Verdugo, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide, among others, including Jay Fitch, PhD and other members of the Fitch leadership team. In addition, leaders like former hospital CEO Bill Atkinson Atkinson, Ph.D., EMT-P, will be offering their unique perspectives.

Application Deadlines & Award Dates

The online 2023-2024 scholarship application process will open on Feb. 1 and will close March 15, 2024. The Foundation’s scholarship committee will select winners and they will be announced at the Pinnacle Leadership Conference. The award recipients and all other applicants will receive an email notifying them of the decision. For any questions or concerns, please email the scholarship committee at [email protected]

About Jack Stout

Jack L. Stout is known in the EMS industry as the Father of High-Performance EMS and System Status Management.  Jack’s concepts were developed in the 1980’s as an answer to fix failing EMS systems that were expensive, unreliable and didn’t meet EMS’s prime directive of:


“Provide each critical patient the best possible chance of survival without disability or medical complication, given the current state-of-the-art of prehospital care technology”


An economist by trade, Jack found that applying the science, concepts, economics and techniques used in manufacturing to a service industry produced an unprecedented ability to provide high quality, highly reliable EMS systems that could also afford to provide the best prehospital medicine available.


Jack Stout made his first mark on EMS with a series of writings in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) entitled The Public Utility Model in which he laid out his observations of a new concept in pre-hospital care system management. The Public Utility Model was conceived

through a theoretical analysis of the system of pre-hospital care delivery by a team at the University of Oklahoma under the leadership of Stout.  This study and the resulting reports would shape Stout’s career and ultimately help guide system development across the county. But it was, and continues to be, radical thinking, and as we move towards community centric care, Jack’s vision for EMS systems are an ever guiding light for industry leaders today.


Jack died in the midst of COVID in 2020.  His memorial service was held at Pinnacle 2022.  Todd Stout, Jack’s son and founder of FirstWatch, said his father is remembered by so many as an important mentor to them.  “The Fellowship is a way to continue his legacy and give back to the EMS profession,” he said.

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Benefits for Award Recipients

Being a Fitch Foundation Award Recipient opens the door to a community of high-performing peers and mentors and leadership development.

The Fitch Foundation offers events, lifelong leadership development, volunteer, and professional opportunities, and more to its award winners.