Purpose of CARES:

The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) is a national registry that collects data regarding non-traumatic, out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA). Participation in an OHCA registry enables communities to compare patient populations, interventions, and outcomes with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve quality of care. CARES was developed to help communities determine standard outcome measures for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) locally allowing for quality improvement efforts and benchmarking capability to improve care and increase survival.

CARES helps local EMS agencies and hospitals answer such questions as:

  • Who is affected in my community?
  • When and where are cardiac events happening?
  • What parts of the system are working well?
  • What parts of the system could work better?
  • How can we improve emergency cardiac treatment?

CARES in Missouri:

  • 31 EMS agencies are submitting data to the CARES registry
  • All 6 EMS regions in Missouri have at least one EMS agency participating in CARES
  • Total CARES coverage in the state =2,758,982
  • 45% of the state has CARES coverage

Current participating Missouri agencies and hospitals:

EMS agencies:Hospitals:
AMR Independence
Abbott EMS
Adair County Ambulance District
Affton Fire Protection District
Barry Lawrence County Ambulance District
Buchanan County EMS
Central Jackson Fire Protection District
Christian Hospital EMS
Clayton Fire Department
CoxHealth EMS
Gladstone Fire/EMS
Johnson County Ambulance District
Kansas City Fire Department
Kirkwood Fire Department
Lee’s Summit Missouri Fire Department
Lincoln County Ambulance District
Mehlville Fire Protection District
Meramec Ambulance District
Mississippi County Ambulance District
Missouri University EMS
Monarch Fire Protection District
NTA Ambulance District
North Jefferson County Ambulance District
Rock Township Ambulance District
Saint Louis Fire Department
South Howell County Ambulance District
St. Charles County Ambulance District
Taney County Ambulance District
Union Ambulance
Washington County Ambulance District
West County EMS
Boone Hospital Center
University Hospital Center/MU Healthcare
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
St. Mary’s Blue Springs
St. Luke’s Plaza (Kansas City)
STL Children’s
St. Joseph (Kansas City)
SSM St. Mary’s (St. Louis)
SSM Cardinal Glennon
St. Luke’s Northland (Berry)
St. Luke’s Kansas City
Research Medical Center
North Kansas City Hospital
Mercy South
SSM DePaul
Christian Northeast
Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)
Centerpoint Hospital
Barnes South
SSM St. Mary’s (Jefferson City)
Mercy Washington  


  • In September 2020, the Missouri Emergency Services Association (MEMSA) released a resolution in support of CARES. We appreciate the support of the MEMSA board; the resolution can be found here.
  • Follow CARES on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our progress

Data for Missouri:

Below are links to the 2019 Missouri reports; 2020 reports will be available in April 2021

If your EMS agency or hospital is interested in participating please contact the Missouri State Coordinator:

Kristen Jones
Division of Emergency Medicine
Campus Box 8072
660 S. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 273-0819