Sparrow and Lugnuts Team Up to honor EMS Workers

Published: May 13, 2022

LANSING, MI – As the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center, Sparrow is proud to recognize the tremendous work and tireless efforts of firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and all of the highly skilled EMS professionals throughout Mid-Michigan during National EMS Week, May 15-21.

To kick off the week of appreciation, Sparrow is teaming up with the Lansing Lugnuts to honor four outstanding EMS workers on the baseball diamond before a cheering Lugnuts crowd on Sunday, May 15, at Jackson Field.  They were among 59 caregivers nominated by the community to be recognized.

  • Michael Flood (Eaton Area EMS – Sparrow Eaton Hospital)
  • Brandon Baker (Lansing Mercy Ambulance) 
  • Kayla Crim (Delhi Fire Department)
  • James Swindlehurst (Posthumously nominated. He was a career firefighter, paramedic, and an EMS instructor for Dewitt Township Fire and Lansing Mercy Ambulance, and passed away due to COVID.)
We Heart EMS Photo
EMS Loading Patient into Ambulance
EMS Caregiver on Radio
EMS Personnel in Front of Building

The EMS workers will take the field around 12:30 p.m.  Sparrow caregiver Michael Flood from Eaton Area EMS will throw out the first pitch around 12:45 p.m., and the EMS Appreciation Day Game against the Dayton Dragons starts at 1:05 p.m. To cheer on your local EMS workers, go to

Every Sunday is also a Capital City Market Kids Day, and kids can run the bases after the game!

These courageous EMS caregivers remain on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sparrow would like to thank all of the EMS workers who provide leading-edge and lifesaving medicine every day, close to home.  For more information about Emergency Services at Sparrow, visit


Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit