A message from Tim Tobin: Emergency Physician Management Transition

As you are well aware, the key entry point for patients who need unscheduled, episodic care is the emergency department and it is one of the most visible, influential departments in the hospital, affecting our reputation and representing a substantial portion of our hospital’s volume.  It is critical for our patients wellbeing and for our future growth that our Emergency Services perform exceptionally well.

Although Sheridan Healthcare has provided this support since May 2010, we have elected to terminate our agreement with Sheridan for emergency physician services within 120 days.  We continue to be pleased with the anesthesia and radiology services provided by Sheridan and do not expect our agreements for such services to be affected by this change.

I am pleased to announce that Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has agreed to partner with EmCare, a nationally recognized provider of emergency physician services and will begin providing emergency physician services at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center on or about July 26, 2011.    We look forward to working with EmCare, a business that has delivered emergency medical services for more than 38 years and is currently partnered with 400 hospitals in 40 states.

Founded in 1972 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, EmCare has significant experience working with over 30 HCA facilities, and is now located in Horsham, Pennsylvania. We believe EmCare will provide the knowledge and experience to meet the challenges of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s growing emergency department, just as the hospital celebrates its first anniversary. It is exciting to share that EmCare and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center both make use of the Lean process improvement technique which is designed to identify and minimize excess process steps, resulting in rapid attention for those receiving emergency services.

 I am confident this agreement will provide the foundation we need for growth in our emergency department and it will be refreshing to work with partners that have a common vision. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to ask me or your senior leader.

-Tim Tobin

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