Member Spotlights

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Beth Wilson, CMMRS and CRI Manager
Office of Emergency Preparedness, Columbus Public Health
COTS Central Coalition Advisory Board Secretary

July 2019

Where were you born and raised?
Xenia, Ohio.
What was your first job?
I was a Bob Evans hostess during high school. After college, I worked at Community Tissue Services in organ, tissue, and eye donation.
What hobbies do you have or what do you like to do in your spare time?
My oldest son is starting to play sports so most of my free time is spent at the ball fields, but when I get free time I enjoy horseback riding through the hills of Southern Ohio and Kentucky!
You have two weeks off and a plane ticket to anywhere. Where would you go?
I would grab my family head to Hawaii! We love the beach, from the smell and sound, to the food, and the sun!
If you won the Powerball, what's the first thing you would do?
First thing I would do is call my dad! We talk about winning the lottery all the time and we have our plan all set for the day it happens.
What is your favorite thing to do in the winter season?
Grab a hot cup of coffee and curl up on the couch with my kiddos and watch a movie.

Assistant Chief Jim Davis, MEd, MS, MBOE, RN, Paramedic

COTS Board of Trustees Member
COTS Emergency Services Advisory Board Member

September 2018

​​Assistant Chief Jim Davis has accepted the Chief position at Fort Worth Fire Department in Texas. He will be transitioning to his new role later this summer. Chief Davis has been a longtime board member of the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) and an essential leader at the Columbus Division of Fire. He represents the Columbus Division of Fire on the COTS Board of Trustees. Through his involvement at COTS, Chief Davis has been instrumental in emergency, disaster, and trauma care for the Central region as well as the state of Ohio.

Besides his service on the COTS Board of Trustees, Chief Davis is active on the COTS Emergency Services Advisory Board and commits his time to other COTS initiatives and committees.

Chief Davis was responsible for all areas of training and education for more than 1,000 firefighters and paramedics in the Columbus Division of Fire. He is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of emergency department, intensive care and mobile intensive care unit experience at Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and MedFlight.

COTS sincerely thanks Chief Davis for his leadership and involvement in emergency care, trauma care, and disaster preparedness in central Ohio.

Congratulations Chief! Thank you for your service and we wish you the best.

Monica Treinish, BSN, RN

Director of Patient Care Services, Diley Ridge Medical Center
COTS Emergency Services Advisory Board Secretary

August 2018

Where were you born and raised?
Columbus until 13 years old then Thornville, Ohio.

What was your first job?
The obligatory babysitting and cleaning as most teenage girls did back in the day, but real job...McDonald's where I worked through some college as a shift manager.

What hobbies do you have or what do you like to do in your spare time?
I've always wanted to be a doctor or nurse and take care of people. I volunteered in high school to help me determine that I wanted to do nursing.

What was the first concert you attended?
McGuffey Lane and Molly Hatchet at the old Legend Valley.

You have two weeks off and a plane ticket to anywhere. Where would you go?
Fiji because I've never been.

What hobbies do you participate in your free time?
Sports, mostly related to my boys and read.


If you won the Powerball, what's the first thing you would do?
Pay all of my immediate families houses off, set aside money for my children, nieces and nephews, and then travel, travel, travel!

Tom Allenstein, MBA, RN

President and CEO, MedFlight

January 2018

What made you decide this profession?
I got in the profession because I wanted to help people during their toughest times like when they are sick or injured.

What hobbies do you have or what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to play golf (which I do poorly) and I enjoy running marathons.

If you could be a superhero who would it be?
Superman because anyone who has run a marathon knows how great it would be if you could complete it in less time than it usually takes you. Also, I can't imagine how long my golf drives would be if I had that power.

What was the first concert you attended?
Three Dog Night at the old Metropolitan Arena in Minneapolis (home to the Minnesota North Stars hockey team).

Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in northern Iowa.

What was your first job?
Growing up in farm country, I did a number of jobs around farms but my first paying job was de-tasseling corn. I think I made $3.00/hour and worked a ten hour day. My first job in healthcare was as a nurse in Idaho Falls, Idaho where I worked in the ICU and the ER.

How long have you been affiliated with COTS and in what capacity?
I began attending the COTS prehospital meetings in 2008 or 2009. In 2015, I took over Dr. Howie Werman's position on the COTS Board and have served ever since.

Marco Bonta, MD, MBA, FACS

Medical Director, Trauma Services, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
May 2017

What made you decide to become a physician?
I decided on trauma surgery as a career because the patients are young, and the benefit to the patient from the trauma team therefore lasts longer.

What hobbies do you have or what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I shoot aggressively at targets but not living things, hand load my ammunition, listen to high fidelity audio, and try to be around young people as much as possible.

If you could be a superhero who would it be?
I would be a prehospital provider. All my patients are horizontal, waist-high, and have perfect lighting. The prehospital team usually has none of those things.

What was the first concert you attended?
Doobie Brothers - my son has never heard of them.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

What was your first job?
An "orderly" (also known as "male attendant") in the emergency room at Riverside. I gave a urinal to Bing Crosby when his pacemaker battery died.

Robert Lowe, MD, FACEP, FAEMS


System EMS Medical Director and CORE Faculty, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
COTS Past President
April 2017

How long have you been affiliated with COTS and in what capacity?
Since 2006 and have served in every role including Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and now Immediate Past President.

What made you decide to become a physician?
Medicine is a second career for me, I actually worked about 7 years as an Aerospace Engineer. I began to have interest and thoughts of medicine and became a Volunteer in an EMS organization near Johnson Space Center (League City Texas) and caught the bug ending up in Emergency Medicine and EMS.

What hobbies do you have or what do you like to do in your spare time?
Most of my hobbies focus around the kids activities, from skiing, to elk hunting in Colorado. Sports are big in our family. I still enjoy aerospace activities.

If you could be a superhero who would it be?
Batman. He has the coolest toys.

What was the first concert you attended?
Alabama

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Brownwood Texas. I consider Midland Texas my hometown (with a nod to Trauma and EMS, a town most famous for the "little girl falling in the well").

What was your first job?
I was the yard man for Memorial Christian Church in Midland Texas, started at $3.00 an hour. I was 13, and mostly got the job from the property manager because my Dad was one of the ministers at the church.

J. Allen McElroy, MD, FACS


COTS Vice President
October 2016

I am the Trauma Medical Director at Marietta Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Southeast Ohio. Though we are considered "rural" by Ohio standards, MMH is one of the busiest Level 3 trauma centers in Ohio and COTS offers us relationships and resources that are invaluable. Our hospital has been a member of COTS for many years and we continue to be involved at multiple levels supporting its mission as it provides opportunities to connect with other institutions and individuals who are like-minded in desiring the highest quality care for our patients. COTS is a backbone for trauma care in Ohio providing education, registry support, validation of services, and legislative insight for its member hospitals. COTS is a significant factor in advancing and promoting the Trauma Program at MMH both in our community and region.

In my "spare" time outside of practicing surgery and being the Trauma Medical Director, I enjoy my family including my wife of almost 25 years and five children. We live on a farm and have three horses, four dogs, three cats, and a rabbit. I enjoy running and exercise. My other interests include being the Medical Director and member of our SWAT team, hunting and shooting, reading, and generally being a lifetime learner.

My favorite quote sums it all up for me...Hunter S. Thompson said "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming: wow, what a ride!"

Medard R. Lutmerding, MD, FACEP


COTS Board President
September 2016

Medard R. Lutmerding, MD, FACEP, has been elected to serve as the next Board of Trustees President for the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS). Dr. Lutmerding has been a longtime board member of COTS and an emergency medicine physician with Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Lutmerding represents the Columbus Medical Association on the COTS Board of Trustees. Through his involvement in COTS, Dr. Lutmerding has been instrumental in addressing emergency department diversion and furthering the development of healthcare disaster preparedness in the Central Ohio region.

Besides his service on the COTS Board of Trustees for sixteen years, Dr. Lutmerding is active on the COTS Executive Committee and co-chairs two other COTS committees: the Regional Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Diversion Committee.

Dr. Lutmerding was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the University of Dayton where he received his Bachelors of Science in 1970. He worked as a trained attendant at Miami Valley Hospital in the emergency department. Dr. Lutmerding's medical degree was achieved at The Ohio State University in 1975. Following an internal medicine residency, he joined Mount Carmel West in 1978 as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Lutmerding recently celebrated 38 years of practice at Mount Carmel.

COTS sincerely thanks Dr. Lutmerding for his leadership and involvement in emergency care, trauma care, and disaster preparedness in central Ohio and we look forward to having him as the new Board of Trustee President.

In addition to a new COTS president, we have other new officers serving in their roles. COTS would like to thank our Board of Trustee members that are serving in their new officer positions.

Vice President: J. Allen McElroy, MD, FACS, Trauma Medical Director, Marietta Memorial Hospital
Secretary-Treasurer: Susan A. Tilgner, MS, RD, LD, RS, Health Commissioner, Franklin County Board of Health
Immediate Past-President: Robert A. Lowe, MD, FACEP, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital

Congratulations Dr. Lutmerding, Dr. McElroy, Ms. Tilgner, and Dr. Lowe!