Founded in May of 2007 by Randy Bartilson, ECMO Advantage offered customized services to the greater Extracorporeal Community. Randy brought his unique experience as an ECMO Specialist and Coordinator to bear by bringing experts together from around the United States offering consulting, staffing, transport, and education to ECMO Programs across the country. At a time when it was very difficult to find staffing support outside of an immediate institutions’ staff, this was a unique and exceptional offering.
In 2016, ECMO Advantage is now the pre-eminent provider of extracorporeal related services to the healthcare community. These services include: consulting, training and development, and staffing nationwide. These services are widely encompassing and can be tailored specifically to your institutions requirements.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sarah is the glue that holds everything together and although one of the newer members of the 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.
Sarah Beth graduated from Lipscomb University’s nursing program and started her nursing career in Birmingham, AL. After several years Sarah Beth returned to Nashville and later began her ECMO career. She joined the ECMO Advantage family full time in 2019. Sarah Beth loves watching when ECMO concepts “click” with learners. When Sarah Beth isn’t working, she is spending time with her family.
Neil is focused on expanding ECMO Advantage’s reach across the Extracorporeal Community through networking and partnerships. Neil has a B.S. in Economics from MTSU and a M.A. in theology from Lipscomb University. As a former minister, Neil is utilizing his love for building relationships and communicating creatively to make ECMO more widely accessible. In his free time, Neil enjoys being a #girldad, traveling, and exploring the hottest dinner spots and coffee shops with his wife.
Jeliene began her career as an RRT at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA in 2005. She joined the MGH ECMO team in 2008 and led the team as the ECMO Coordinator from 2019-2021. She has devoted her career to developing strategies to improve safety, education, and awareness of the complexities involving the ECLS patient population. Jeliene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care from Boise State University and completed her MBA in Healthcare Management at Fitchburg State University in 2022. Jeliene is committed to serving hospitals and patients alike, delivering ECMO Advantage services and solutions that ensure exceptional patient care and outcomes. When she isn’t driving a solution for ECLS programs and patients, Jeliene focuses on her faith, family, and spending time with her bunnies.