CAMTS lost a valuable friend & leader

by camtsblog

CAMTS lost a valuable friend and leader yesterday. Ralph N. Rogers, MD, died after a courageous battle with an illness. Ralph was only 64 years old, leaving behind the people and the work he loved.

Ralph - Seattle July '15

Dr. Ralph Rogers and daughter, Madison

Ralph spent more than 25 years as a board-certified emergency physician at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His legacy includes initiatives in critical care, trauma and pain management. Ralph’s ability to clearly and succinctly provide situational analysis positively impacted physician and advanced practice provider engagement, clinical service lines, regional hospital clinical integration and the development and success of CAMTS.

Ralph spent the last 20 years on the CAMTS Board of Directors representing ACEP. He was the Chair of the Board since year 2000, re-elected unanimously by the Board every 2 years. Ralph was a major contributor to the success of CAMTS, setting the tone for our commitment to excellence in patient care and safety during transport. His ability to build consensus among 22 Board members, each with their own perspective, was a gift we cannot easily replace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and his 4 children who were at his bedside when he passed. Madison, the 13 year-old youngest daughter, was a frequent visitor and spectator at Board meetings, sitting quietly with her books and crayons and interfacing with us during breaks. Karen was a member of the CAMTS Board as the NFNA representative from its inception and she was our Quality and Site Survey Coordinator for many years. CAMTS was actually the conduit for Karen and Ralph to meet and marry and they are like family to all of us.

The entire CAMTS Board sends their thoughts and prayers to the Rogers family and we will gather to celebrate his life along with many hospital peers, family and friends on June 23rd in Grand Rapids.

 Celebration of Life

Following Ralph’s wishes, the family will host a “Celebration of Life”

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 12pm to 4pm at

Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in the Grand Ballroom

1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Please wear colorful spring/summer colors. NO black allowed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made

“In Memory of Ralph N. Rogers, MD” to:

David’s House Ministries, 2390 Banner Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

or Spectrum Health Foundation: Aero Med Fund, 100 N Michigan St NE, MC004

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Here is a link to Ralph’s obituary if you would like to learn more about our CAMTS Emeritus Chairman of the Board  Dr. Ralph Rogers