About Us


Founded in 2007 by Randy Bartilson, ECMO Advantage offers the most customized services to the greater Extracorporeal Community. Randy brought his unique perspective as an ECMO Specialist and Coordinator, combined with practical experience, to the cutting edge of our industry by gathering Specialist experts from around the United States. This premier team covers all aspects of staffing, training, and consulting to ECMO Programs across the country. At the onset of launching ECMO Advantage, it had been difficult to find staffing support outside of an immediate institutions’ team roster. Randy changed the landscape of the ExtraCorporeal Community by building his company to provide solutions that allow partners to pool or contract resources. As the ExtraCorporeal Community continues to evolve and grow, ECMO Advantage is leading the way.


ECMO Advantage is the pre-eminent provider of extracorporeal related services to the healthcare community. In our 10th year of service and after a decade of planning, we are launching a new training facility unlike any other. EC², a state of the art ExtraCorporeal Education Center, houses two high-fidelity ICU simulation rooms connected by a state of the art control room. Attached to each sim room is a debriefing room designed to create a comfortable, casual atmosphere while facilitating the most beneficial, wholistic debriefing and complete learning experience.


We have opened up our registration page to accept learners for EC² sessions scheduled to start in 2018 and we invite you to join us!

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Meet Our Team

Randy Bartilson, RN, RRT

President


Randy began his ECMO career at Dallas Children’s Hospital while working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in the early 1990’s. During his time there he completed his BSN. After returning from Medical Missions in Ghana West Africa he was blessed with many opportunities to learn and grow as an ECMOlogist at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. In 2007, he began his journey developing ECMO Advantage Corporation and continues to propel the organization forward with the same great vision that started it all.

Laurie Fenton, RN

Director of Clinical Services


Laurie began her Nursing career in 1987 at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. She was a charter ECMO team member when their program began in 1994. Later she served as ECMO Coordinator there from 1999 – 2008 at which time she joined ECMO Advantage as a Contract Specialist. In July 2009, she was advanced to the role of Director of Clinical Services. Her extensive experience covers all aspects of ECMO Consulting, Training, and Staffing. Laurie’s faith, family, and animals are very important to her.

Alicia Schmidt, RN, MSN

Director of Professional Development


Alicia joins us from Phoenix Children’s with >20 years of experience in ECMO. She has been very active in ELSO as well as various educational events and processes related to ECMO. Alicia has participated in many abstracts, publications, and poster presentations related to ECMO. She started her professional career with an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care. She then got her Associate in Nursing in 1993, BSN in 2000, and MSN with focus in Leadership in 2008. Alicia can rarely be pulled away from work but enjoys time with her family, the beach and shopping flea markets or antique stores.

Scot Bartilson

Business Manager


Scot oversees all aspects of fiscal management and planning, internal controls and long-range planning. Scot helps plan growth and is plugged in to all the numbers that keep the organization moving smoothly. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Scot enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and two sons, Ben and Isaiah. He’s also active in following sports, particularly football and basketball, and playing in fantasy football leagues. 

Shanna Seigel, RRT

EC² Coordinator


Shanna began her Respiratory Therapy career at St Francis Hospital in LaCrosse, WI where she specialized in neonatal/pediatric transport. She advanced that pursuit at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in 1992, adding other specialties – Neonatal/Pediatric ECMO Specialist, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist – and eventually served as ECMO Program Coordinator. Shanna played a key role in starting UIHC’s Adult ECMO Program. In 2010, she joined ECMO Advantage for a brief period as a Contract Specialist. From 2011 to 2016, she served as Technical & Clinical Support Specialist for OriGen Biomedical. In January 2016, she returned to ECMO Advantage and now holds a permanent position with us as the Coordinator for the new ExtraCorporeal Education Center (EC²) in Murfreesboro, TN. She adds 20 years of ECMO experience to our team and participates in Training + Staffing. Outside of ECMO, Shanna enjoys family, friends, animal advocacy, nature, travel, and makes the best rice krispy treats.

Sherry James, RN

EC² Education Coordinator


Sherry began her nursing career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She quickly developed an interest in ECMO and in 2005 Sherry joined the ECMO team at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Her ECMO career has included caring for neonatal, pediatric, and adult populations. She has trained extensively on roller head pumps, as well as several types of centrifugal pumps. 

Sherry enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandson. On her days off you will find her relaxing by a swimming pool, lounging around a fire-pit, going for long walks, sitting on a sunny beach, or even hiking a local mountain trail. 

Sherry is an active member of her church, serving within the women’s ministry. Twice a year she volunteers at a camp for heart kids. The children attending Camp LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids) have either congenital or acquired heart disease. Sherry works closely with other nurses, doctors, and cardiologist to ensure the children have a safe and unforgettable camp experience.

Myron Norman, RRT

EC² Simulation Coordinator


Myron, originally from Alabama, has been with ECMO Advantage for 8 years and brings a strong respiratory foundation to his role as Simulation Coordinator. He began his career with ECMO in patient care and was advanced to training leadership, specifically in the simulation programs. Myron’s favorite thing about his role is seeing learners start with a basis of knowledge but blossom into confident caregivers during their event attendance. If he’s not in the Sim Room, Myron is out tromping the woods on a hike, bowling, or reading.

Tony Webber, RRT

ECMO Advantage Specialist


Tony brings a great perspective to our staffing and training team after starting out in Respiratory Therapy at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. Tony worked his way throughout several notable programs in the Southern Region of the US and then up the ladder to ECMO Coordinator at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill & now as an ECMO Specialist at ECMO Advantage. Tony has a real passion for training and likes to work with novices or help seasoned veterans find innovative solutions to weave into their practice. He is always happy to cast knowledge when it comes to ECMO or reel in the big fish as being an angler is his number one hobby.

Elizabeth Agro, RRT

ECMO Advantage Specialist


Elizabeth started her career at Johns Hopkins University as a Respiratory Therapist and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. Since joining ECMO Advantage in January of 2016, Elizabeth’s complete focus as a Specialist has been in precepting. While spending time with the staff members who are learning, she’s able to offer real time education, solutions, and create confidence in the learners through dialogue. As an avid stand-up paddle boarder, you can often find her enjoying nature through hiking and even snowboarding.

Sarah Johnson

Office Administrator


Sarah is the glue that holds everything together and although still in her first year with ECMO Advantage, she brings an extensive, 20+ year background in both Teaching and Campus Ministry to the team. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree in Teaching from Alabama and Master’s degree in Theology from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Immediately upon coming onboard she made a positive impact and acclimated quickly. When she’s not fielding a multitude of daily needs for ECMO, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and has been known to get competitive in board games.