Are There New Members of the ED Provider Team?

Yes!  Our community is fortunate to be served by a remarkable team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the NMC Emergency Department.  Working as a team in collaboration with our nursing staff and others, they provide emergent and life-saving care around the clock, every day of the year. With the arrival of new members of their team over recent months, it was suggested we introduce the full team to the community so the names will be familiar for patients coming into the ED.

NMC’s Emergency Department medical staff is led by Medical Director Dr. John Minadeo.  In addition to being a strong, compassionate clinician, Dr. Minadeo is an engaged leader with a strong vision for quality patient care.  We have worked recently to complete their team and have done so with the hiring of Dr. Miller Pearsall, Dr. Chris Niles, and Dr. Paul Newton.  In addition the physicians on our Emergency Department medical staff include: Dr. Uwe Goehlert; Dr. Aaron Brillhart; Dr. Marc Kutler; Dr. Stewart Manchester; Dr. Jodi Forwand; Dr. Sue Elliott; Dr. Louis Dandurand; and Dr. Robert Pitts.  Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are important members of the ED medical staff.  These advance practice providers include: Anne Bowers, NP; Ben Cooke, PA; Matt Boone, NP; Nancy Strong, NP; Ruby Souhan, NP; Monica Zavier, PA; Fred Staples, PA; and Jenna Purdell, NP.  These twenty-one providers work in a mixture of full-time, part-time, and per diem (as needed) roles to meet the emergent medical needs of our community.

It is quite a team!  Their dedication and caring is reflected in their excellent clinical outcomes and strong patient satisfaction.  I believe their experience and special training allows our community to rest easier, knowing an exceptional team of providers is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if an emergent or life-threatening medical situation arises.  Together, they treat more than 27,000 patients per year here in our community.

As strong as our ED team is, the Emergency Department is equipped for trauma and medical emergencies.  Their care is typically episodic in nature: addressing the immediate concern and referring the patient back to their Primary Care provider or a specialist for follow-up and ongoing care.  As such, the ED is not a substitute for Primary Care.  It is important that all of us have a relationship with a Primary Care provider.  That Primary Care physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant gets to know you, becomes familiar with your full medical history, gains insights into your unique concerns and circumstances, and can guide you on the path to better health.  She or he will work with you on your personal wellness and ensure you have the preventive screenings which are right for you.  We are fortunate to have a wonderful contingent of Primary Care providers caring for our community.  If you need assistance establishing a relationship with a Primary Care provider, please call Janet Havrilko in NMC’s Community Relations Office at 524-1280. 

For those times when you need care, but it is not emergent or life threatening and Primary Care is not available, Northwestern Urgent Care has convenient locations on Route 7 in Georgia and in the Cobblestone Building on NMC’s campus in St. Albans.  The office in Georgia is open every day except Sunday and the office in St. Albans is open every day.  Northwestern Urgent Care communicates closely with Primary Care providers to help ensure the continuity of your care.  For more information, visit their website at www.NorthwesternUrgentCare.com

Please join me in welcoming our newest Emergency Department physicians to our community!  As a community and as a hospital, we are fortunate to have such talented providers across all aspects of the continuum of care.  Thank you for entrusting your care to Northwestern Medical Center!

— Jill Berry Bowen, NMC’s Chief Executive Officer