Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus Emergency Department (ED) provides care to patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is staffed by specialists in Emergency Medicine. Caregivers treat over 61,000 adult and pediatric patients annually, providing a critical link to healthcare for our community, the region and the world (through Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport). Our experienced physicians are dedicated to providing high quality, patient centered care.

As part of the Maria and Sam Miller Emergency Services Building, the ED consists of 75 treatment rooms/spaces, including a split flow (fast-track) area open 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day. The Department is a leader in the use of an ED-based observation unit for the evaluation and treatment of patients with conditions that require more extended testing or treatment than can be done in the Emergency Department. Imaging Services (x-ray, CT and Ultrasound) are adjacent to the department.

Contacting Main Campus Medical Direction Staff

Communication is a vital part of any EMS Medical Command System. Knowing whom to contact when you need medical command direction/issues is vitally important and can be aggravating at times. Listed below are the various Medical Command facilities as well as the Medical Directors and EMS Coordinators responsible for medical direction.

Please feel free to contact the appropriate EMS Coordinators if you have questions related to your scope or practice, protocols or any other operational issues.

Medical Direction Departments

Main Campus Medical Director

James Sauto, Jr., MD

James Sauto, Jr., MD, FACEP
Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Procedure Lab Co-Director
EMS Medical Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine CWRU

Dr. James Sauto, Jr., MD is now responsible for Medical Command for Fire & EMS Departments serving the following communities:

  • Lyndhurst
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Mayfield Village
  • Pepper Pike
  • Russell Township
  • South Euclid

Dr. Sauto will continue to serve as Co-Director of the Cadaver Procedures Lab and Resident Instructor at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus. He also will continue working some shifts at Hillcrest Emergency Department.

Main Campus EMS Coordinator

Thomas Beers, EMT-P, EMS-I, NHDP

Thomas Beers, MPA, EMT-P, NHDP
EMS Manager
Manager of Emergency Services

Thomas Beers has been with the Cleveland Clinic Health System since 2004. After spending nearly five years at Huron Hospital, Tom was recruited by the Cleveland Clinic's Emergency Services Institute to develop a new EMS program at the Main Campus. Tom has been involved in EMS since 1994 when he helped develop the University of Dayton's EMS response department, UD Rescue Squad. He has also worked for the City of Dayton Fire Department where he was a firefighter and paramedic as well as EMS educator and supervisor.

Currently, Tom is a full time firefighter and paramedic with the City of Cleveland Heights. He is a nationally recognized author in Fire Engineering's former publication, FireEMS, as well as a contributing author to IFSTA Essentials 6th Edition, and EMS World Magazine. Tom is a US Army veteran. He serves as a Tactical/Operational Medic with the Cleveland Clinic Police Department where he works with local, state, and federal law enforcement and is a recognized SME and instructor on Rescue Task Force for Active Shooter Response. Tom is a former Chapter Captain for Team RWB and is Ohio’s Deputy Administrator at Team Rubicon. He is a Board Certified National Healthcare Disaster Professional.

His interests include fishing, cycling, swimming, and long distance competitive running. Tom lives in NE Ohio with his wife Megan and their four sons. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College. Tom received the honorific of knighthood by the sovereign leader Prince Michael of Sealand in 2018. Tom also discusses EMS, firefighting, veterans issues, and disaster and tactical medicine on Twitter at @OneTallMedic.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

EMS Continuing Education classes are scheduled and conducted at the respective Fire Departments listed under our Medical Direction as well as at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

All Pre-hospital personnel within this medical direction are welcome, please call the respective department prior to coming, to make sure the class has not been changed. Any other questions can be directed to Tom Beers EMT-P, EMSI - EMS Coordinator/Educator, at 216.444.4515.

Continuing Education Classroom Location

Emergency Department, Room E1-160 (2 Doors down from EMS Room)

  • All classes are at 11 a.m. unless noted
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Certificates will be issued for 2 hours of Continuing Education
  • Please RSVP 24 hours in advance by calling Tom Beers at 216.444.4515 or email beerst@ccf.org

Cleveland Clinic is always available for special lectures concerning cardiac and neuro diseases and disorders. To arrange a Continuing Education session at your department, please contact Tom Beers at 216.444.4515.