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 2018 we launched 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. EC² is designed to create a comfortable, casual atmosphere while facilitating the most beneficial, wholistic simulation and complete learning experience.

Our classes have been filling up and we are opening new sessions as we are able. If you are interested in attending training guided by the ELSO Guidelines at EC², register soon while seats are available.


Meet Our Team

Randy Bartilson, RN, RRT


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.

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. 

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 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.