ECS is built on a culture of service. Our democratic, equal equity partnership structure keeps us focused on quality care of our patients and excellent service to our hospital partners.

Our wide variety of services allows for our providers to expand their career and follow their passions.

Navigating 35 years of continual growth has given us the expertise needed for excellence in Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management.


Emergency Care Specialists:  Who We Are

Emergency Care Specialists, PC, is a physician owned and governed private practice specializing in all aspects of acute care medicine.  Established in 1984 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, ECS has continued to grow both in size and breadth to meet the needs of patients throughout Michigan.  What started out as a small group of physicians staffing one emergency department and educating emergency medicine residents there has grown into a service that includes all aspects of acute care medicine.   We now have over 150 physicians (over 100 of which are equal physician owners) and 85 Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners who staff 13 emergency departments, caring for 450,000 patients annually.  Our expertise has similarly expanded to encompass all aspects of acute care, including:

  • EM
  • UC
  • Obs
  • Sedation
  • Peds EM
  • Aeromedical
  • Ultrasound
  • Telemed                             
  • Medical Toxicology
  • MAT/Opioid Dependence Treatment
  • Medical Scribes
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Coding/Billing/Medical Practice Management
  • Medical Education:  Student and Resident teaching
  • Occupational Medicine services
  • Physician and APP staffing services

Our foundational dedication to medical education has grown with us.  ECS has been continually staffing what is now called the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency since 1984.  Established in 1977 and one of the oldest EM residencies, the earliest teaching attendings later became founding members of ECS.  We currently have academic or educational affiliations with the following organizations:

  • MSU College of Human Medicine
  • CMU College of Medicine
  • Pediatric EM fellowship
  • ECS US fellowship
  • GVSU-Helix Scribe academy
  • GVSU PA Program

The business complexities accompanying such growth has required significant infrastructure development over the years.  This family of companies are under the ECS umbrella to manage the business aspects of our practices:

  • MMS – Medical Management Specialists
  • VMS – Visionary Medical Specialists
  • Helix Scribe Services
  • PTS - Professional Treatment Services

We welcome you to become more familiar with ECS and what we do by exploring this site.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.  Stay Healthy!

Emergency Care Specialists

Mission Statement

Providing innovative health services and solutions



Expanding the boundaries of integrated healthcare:

by excelling... in clinical practice, education, research, management, and business innovation

to ensure... quality, value, access, and experience

through... a physician owned and governed organization



We lead with professionalism, fairness and honesty

We promote and sustain continuous learning

We lead both evolutionary and revolutionary change

Continuous Improvement
We measure performance to ensure highest quality

We are committed to business innovation and growth

We manage and invest our resources wisely

Physician Owned and Governed
Physician owners make a difference