Donor Profile: STAR EMS – Helping the McLaren Oakland Foundation Make a Difference

The relationship between Star EMS and the McLaren OaklandFoundationwas being formed even before the Foundation’s inception. In 2003, Bill Grubb, president and CEO of StarEMS met with the CEO of McLaren Oakland (which at the time was Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital or POH)to begin a conversationwiththe hospital’s ER Discharge Planning. “The nature of this conversation was to ask the hospital’s discharge planners to trust Star EMS with their patients who needed to be discharged to another health care facility or to home. In addition to 911 emergency ambulance services, STAR EMS provides non-emergency ambulance services to hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and private residencies when medically necessary.

As time went on, STAR EMS became a familiar face around McLaren Oakland, relationships were established, and “it was time to give back to the community,” said Bill Grubb. STAR EMS has supported the McLaren Oakland Foundation for many years by being the major sponsor of the Foundation’s annual golf classic, attending the Foundation’s special events and participating in the McLaren Oakland Children’sClinic free sports fair held every year.

“The McLaren Oakland Foundation funds programs that are life changers for recipients, like the free mammogram program for eligible women who otherwise cannot afford this potentially life-saving test,” said Bill Grubb. He added, “The McLaren Oakland Foundation’smission aligns with our company mission, which is:“We take care of people, that’s what we do.”

Locally owned and operated, Star EMS is the area leader in providing emergent and non-emergent ambulance services throughout Oakland County, including Pontiac where they are headquartered, and the surrounding areas – Orion, White Lake, Highland and Springfield Townships, Franklin, Bingham Farms and the city of Bloomfield Hills.

One of the Foundation programs Star EMS supports is the annual sports fair where Oakland County youth can get a free sports physical for the upcoming school year. Star EMS has an ambulance onsite and provides tours for the children during the health fair.

“TheMcLarenOakland Foundation has a sense of community, not only in Pontiac but beyond in OaklandCounty; and, we share this same sense of community. That is one of the reasons we support the Foundation,” said Bill Grubb.

Bill Grubb, who began his career as an emergency medical technician in 1978, purchased Star EMS in 2003 and through his leadership and extensive contacts and relationships helped the company to expand and grow significantly – tripling the number of ambulance units in service. He was one of the honorees at the McLaren Oakland Foundation’sTribute to Excellence gala in 2014.

He is a long time member of the community and is married to Jan, who also attends the Foundation’s events. On a final note Bill said, “We truly value our relationship with the McLaren Oakland Foundation. They are passionate people and make us a better company.”