Jay Fitch releases video commemorating EMS pioneer Jack Stout
Fitch & Associates Founding Partner Dr. Jay Fitch said the late Jack Stout was a friend, mentor, innovator and "personality like no other"
Jack Stout, remembered for decades of groundbreaking work in emergency medical services, died today at age 76 after a battle with dementia. Stout introduced the concepts of the public utility model, system status management and high-performance EMS as he explored new thinking about how EMS is delivered. Read more about Stout's legacy with a tribute from his friend, Mike Taigman, and reflections from EMS leaders.
Our condolences to his son, Todd, and his family, friends and colleagues.
By Laura French
PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Jay Fitch, PhD, a founding partner of Fitch & Associates, has released a video commemorating his friend and mentor, Jack Stout, who died Friday at age 76.
Stout was a pioneer in the EMS field and received the Pinnacle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
"With his passing, EMS lost an innovator, a pioneer and a personality like no other," Fitch said in the video.
Fitch paid tribute to Stout's four decades of groundbreaking work that "preceded and anticipated the sea of change in healthcare that we're seeing today" with its patient-centered approach and focus on value, efficiency and measurable quality.
According to Fitch, the debate created by Stout's articles introducing the public utility model "inspired change and the reassessment of the status quo across multiple types of EMS systems."
See the full video below: