About Us

Shawna Phillips - Owner
Mike Phillips - Inventor

After injuring my back lifting a bariatric patient, I thought back on my career of nearly 20 years and realized that the most frequent lifting injuries we had were on bariatric patients. Even our fittest and strongest personnel were getting hurt. 

What we needed was a good tool to help us lift safely. I tried unsuccessfully to find a versatile lifting device that would help me perform my job safer. The devices I did find only handled one aspect of our lifting needs, were prohibitively expensive, or were just as unsafe as the standard gait belts and likely to hurt the patient. I wanted something that served almost all of our lifting needs, was easy to use, saved our backs from injury, and didn't hurt the patient. 

I invented the People Mover when I couldn't find something that did all those things. My gait belt has been on all of our apparatus for quite some time and it has proven itself to fulfill every one of those requirements. Ninety percent of our device assisted lifts are handled by the People Mover. It is usable both as a gait belt and lifting sling. 

We have never had a responder or patient hurt while using my gait belt. Literally hundreds of lifts without a single injury. To date, this belt has saved my department nearly $900,000.00 in workers compensation claims for injuries and $200,000 in lost time expenses. Our personnel love the belt. I have never gotten a bad review of the belt by someone who has used it. 

It has also increased our level of safety by greatly increasing our level of patient control during the lifting process. My belt is about one third to one quarter the cost of my next closest competitor and machine washable for easy maintenance. 

Everyone wins. The patient wins with greater comfort and safety, the organization wins with less liability, fewer injuries and associated expenses, and finally the caregivers win with less injuries and the peace of mind that they are far less likely to have a career ending injury or hurting the patient they are supposed to be helping. Isn't an "everyone wins" scenario what we are all trained to find?

Letter of Recommendation
A. C. Paramedics
June 14, 2018

To Whom It May Concern,

Please find Emergency Responders Health Center’s testimony on behalf of Michael Phillips of Nampa Fire Department in regards to the Levigait; Bariatric Gait Belt.

ERHC is proud to give our professional opinion on the gait belt product, Levigait, constructed by local firefighter, Mike Phillips. Mike took the time to demonstrate the Levigait belt for bariatric patient lift assist techniques. The product demonstrated improved patient comfort, control and stability of patient and EMS personnel. 

This product appears to enhance safe and effective lift assist for one or more EMS
per patient and could be beneficial for other departments whose needs are similar in tasks and job

Please feel free to reach out should you have further questions or concerns.

Emergency Responders Team
    Additional Reviews/Testimonials...
    "I placed that belt on E32 and the crews have used it a few times and love it."
    -Ken W. (Battalion Chief)
    “My crews love and are using it regularly now.”
    -Michelle G. (BS, Director|Paramedic)
    "Used the belt with a crew last night, worked great."
    -Captain C. Black
    (T.M. Fire Protection District)
     "It was a pleasure meeting you and checking out your product. It was a bit of an "a-ha" moment. In one look you can see not only the simplicity but the functionality of your belt. I know that this is going to make the job easier and save countless backs."
    One of the biggest risks that my peers and I face, every day, as First Responders and Emergency Personnel is the risk of back injuries caused by lifting patients. 

    Following one especially challenging situation (watch video), Michael decided that both he and his peers needed a superior solution for lifting large patients. 

    Back-injury affects more than one person. There is an immediate financial impact to his or her family, the community, and the organization. 
    How Much Did Lifting Injuries Cost Your Department Last Year?
    • Healthcare only back injuries costs (direct and indirect) are estimated @ $20 Billion /year - OSHA. 
    • Over 50% of caregivers will sustain a back injury from lifting or moving patients.
    • Of all patient handling injuries reported a stunning 82% occurred when patient lifting and handling equipment was not used. -C.D.C.
    • The average workers compensation back injury costs between $40,000 and $80,000. After hundreds of lifts and over 24 months of active duty- ZERO known patient or personnel lifting injuries since placed in service! This device provides for superior lifting form, patient control, patient comfort and flexibility of lifting technique. Weight rated to 600 lbs. 
    • The cost for a back injury averages $15-$20,000 per occurrence. Mikes department averages $24,000 per occurrence.
    • Independently tested to over 1250 lbs!
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    Harness Modification
    Sling Lift
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