Founded in 1906, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital serves Tuscarawas and surrounding counties in Eastern Ohio with a staff of more than 1,100 people and has more than 300 providers on its medical staff. The 100-bed hospital has several off-campus satellite services available, as well as operating a hospital-owned physician network (Union Physician Services) with numerous offices and more than 30 providers.

Union Hospital's Lauren Emergency Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Union Hospital is designated as Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Contacting Union Hospital Medical Direction Staff

Communication is a vital part of any EMS Medical Direction system. Knowing whom to contact when you need medical direction/issues is vitally important and can be aggravating at times. Listed below are the various Medical Direction 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

  • Arrowhead Joint Fire District
  • Baltic VFD
  • Dellroy VFD
  • Dennison VFD
  • Dover Fire Department
  • Fairfield Township VFD
  • Mineral-Sandy EMS
  • New Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Sherrodsville EMS
  • Sherrodsville VFD
  • Smith Ambulance
  • Stone Creek VFD
  • SugarCreek Fire Department
  • Tri-County Ambulance
  • Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office
  • Uhrichsville VFD
  • Wayne Township VFD
  • York Township VFD

Union Hospital Medical Director

Jacob Current, DO
Medical Direction
EMS Medical Director

Jeremy King, MD
EMS Medical Director

Union Hospital EMS Coordinators

Stephanie Balochko
EMS Coordinator

Stephanie has been a Firefighter Paramedic with the City of Bedford since 2000, prior to that she was a part time member of the Macedonia Fire Department.  In addition to working at the FD, Stephanie has many years of experience as an ER paramedic.  She was a Program Instructor at CCF Main and is a EMS CE instructor as well as an AHA Instructor for BLS and ACLS.  Stephanie also had a 17 year career playing professional women’s tackle football.  When her playing career was over she transitioned to coaching.  Stephanie is one of very few people to be awarded a coaching internship, as well as a scouting internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers, she was with the team for 5 years.  She also has two gold medals from being the defensive coordinator of the US Women’s National Tackle Football Team.  Stephanie has been happily married since 2016, in their limited spare time they enjoy travelling and hiking in the National Parks.

Michael Schlabach
EMS Coordinator

Michael is a firefighter and paramedic with the City of New Philadelphia where he is also the department EMS Coordinator. He began at New Philadelphia Fire in 2019. His fire department service began in 2014 with East Holmes Fire & EMS where he volunteered for 8 years until 2022.

Michael enjoys providing EMS services day to day in the community and is excited to work in the hospital setting as well, supporting our patients and our county EMS providers. He has a passion for data and research and enjoy continuing his education and learning in new areas.

In his spare time he enjoys running ultra-marathons, traveling, and attending classes of all kinds. 

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 Union Hospital.

Any other questions can be directed to either of the EMS Coordinators.