New Emergency Expertise Comes to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center welcomes a group of talented physicians and physician assistants from MedStar Emergency Physicians to our ED.

January 12, 2016

 

Bringing the Best Practices in Emergency Medicine to our Community

Chairman of Emergency Services Michael Antonis, DO, RDMS, FACEP, at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

With nearly 60,000 patients receiving care in our Emergency Department (ED) every year, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center recognizes the importance of our ED in the community. As part of our dedication to providing outstanding and timely emergency care, this August we were delighted to welcome a group of talented physicians and physician assistants from MedStar Emergency Physicians to our ED.

Working seamlessly with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s excellent nursing team, they now provide care to all of our emergency patients. The MedStar Emergency Physicians group staffs seven of MedStar Health’s nine EDs.

“The patient population and the staff physicians here are extremely approachable and very gracious. It’s been a very welcoming environment for us,” said Michael Antonis, DO, RDMS, FACEP, who has been part of MedStar Emergency Physicians since 2006.

 

Dr. Antonis has also been appointed chairman of emergency services for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Lessons From a Training Hospital

Having its origins in the training of the next generation of emergency physicians, MedStar Emergency Physicians has a strong focus on ensuring that patients benefit from new knowledge and successes in the field of emergency care.

For example, each doctor who joins MedStar Emergency Physicians receives a unique book: a compilation of case reviews representing high acuity ED cases. These cases were collected during a yearlong review of real-life patients from different MedStar hospitals.

“Every month for a year, we brought a particularly high-acuity case to our monthly faculty meetings at each of the EDs,” said Dr. Antonis.

 

The physicians reviewed cases on topics ranging from pregnancy to sepsis to stroke, discussing the latest research and “take-home” points to guide providers with similar cases.

This year the physicians are distributing an uncommon case every month, then sharing their knowledge with all other MedStar EDs. Dr. Antonis describes this practice of information-sharing as “instrumental to the care of patients,” because the practice ensures that their physicians have a broad base of knowledge, even about medical problems that are seldom encountered by any one doctor. This constant communication helps ED staff across the MedStar family provide the best possible care to every patient.

Collaborating With Primary Care Providers

Many patients visit the ED from time to time. Fortunately, the majority of healthcare for most patients occurs outside the hospital. Emergency physicians benefit from having as much information as possible about a patient’s overall health, but it’s typically the patient’s primary care provider who knows the patient best.

To address this collaboration, MedStar Emergency Physicians encourages primary care providers to call when one of their patients is being sent to the ED.   The ED providers have a dedicated cell phone while working in the ED to allow for provider-to-provider exchange of health care information.  While the patient is being transported to the hospital, a member of the ED staff can record the information that will be available to all ED physicians via the electronic medical record (EMR).  

After the appropriate testing is complete, the ED provider can inform the primary care provider the diagnostic imaging and laboratories of their patients.  

New Technologies

Another new initiative being spearheaded by our ED group is the creation of a system for sharing ultrasound images. Hospital leadership recently purchased a state of the art ultrasound machine that will allow MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center to be the first site in MedStar with the ability to upload emergency ultrasound images into a permanent, readily accessible system for MedStar providers.  It’s another way to ensure that MedStar physicians have the information they need to provide the best possible care.

Like many hospitals located in growing areas, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has an ED that would benefit from expansion. The hospital has plans to build a new facility with upgraded technology and more space.

“To have a new facility is going to be a tremendous asset moving forward…to not only have first-rate staff, but to have the space and the technology to best care for the community we serve.” said Dr. Antonis.

 

For more information about our emergency medical services, visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org.