EmCare Honors Its Physicians of the Year for 2014

Each year, EmCare names five physicians from its more than ten thousand affiliated clinicians as its physicians of the year.  This year’s winners are:

EmCare, the nation’s leading national practice management company chooses one physician from its emergency, hospital, acute care surgery, anesthesia and radiology services who embody EmCare’s mission of “making healthcare work better.”

“EmCare’s Physician of the Year awards program began with the recognition that we have so many great leaders,” says Dr. Dighton Packard, EmCare’s chief medical officer. “So many of our physician leaders do so much more than their physician job duties or their leadership job duties require. They help their communities; they help people outside of their communities. They offer outstanding patient care while improving operations for their organizations. We feel an obligation to recognize these outstanding clinicians in a grand way, in front of all of their peers.”

“We established an awards program to honor those physicians who really go above and beyond their job duties every day, while inspiring others to do the same,” says Todd Zimmerman, EmCare president and CEO. “We honor physicians who really elevate the organization and personify the EmCare ideals and who embody our mission to ‘make health care work better.’”

2014 Winners  Dr. Jung, the anesthesiologist who is the 2014 Ace Award recipient, leads the anesthesia department at Seton Regional Medical Center Harker Heights in Harker Heights, Texas. He also acts as a regional medical director for EmCare, helping to ensure high quality care at facilities in eight states. Dr. Jung is heralded for his work with ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks.

“It feels great to be recognized by my colleagues, all the people that I work with, and to receive this award,” said Dr. Jung. “I was very surprised!”

READ Award stands for “Radiology Excellence and Dedication.” This year it is presented to Dr. Alan Stone. Dr. Stone practices at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, Okla. and Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon, Texas. Additionally, Dr. Stone is a thirty-year veteran of the armed forces – he has served in the Army, Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. Dr. Stone practices teleradiology as well, and is being recognized in part for recruiting other military radiologists into EmCare’s radiology and teleradiology practices.

“This is a really great honor,” says Dr. Stone of receiving the READ Award. “I certainly appreciate it.”

The Summit Award, EmCare’s ultimate recognition for hospital medicine, recognizes Dr. Usman’s part in the explosive growth in the hospital medicine practice at Hunt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Texas.

“I didn’t expect this!” says Dr. Usman. “All of my peers and leaders have been very supportive. It’s about teamwork and together we’ve been very successful.”
Dr. Richard Rosenthal earns the 2014 Commitment to Care award for Emergency Medicine. He heads the emergency department and the pediatric emergency department at Tucson Medical Center in Arizona. Through the implementation and daily commitment to lean methodologies, Dr. Rosenthal has helped guide the emergency departments to improved and sustained quality metrics.

“Awards are nice, and certainly appreciated,” said Dr. Rosenthal. “But I feel we have a team here – nurse managers and the pediatric emergency medical director, and along with a fantastic, dedicated administration we work together to improve the processes and improve the care we deliver.”

The inaugural winner of EmCare’s Acute Award, recognizing excellence in Acute Care Surgery, is Dr. Mathis Adams. Dr. Adams is part of the EmCare surgical team at Medical Center of Plano and Medical Center of McKinney. Both of those facilities are in the Dallas area in Texas.

“I was very surprised and extremely honored to learn I’d won this award,” said Dr. Adams. “Especially knowing the other surgeons in my group, the caliber of surgeons that I work with – any of them could be here in my place. But it is a great pleasure!”
Winners were publicly announced and honored during EmCare’s annual Leadership Conference. The 2014 convention was held at The Wynn in Las Vegas April 23-25. The winners are selected through a nomination and voting process amongst the EmCare executive leadership.

About EmCare

EmCare is a leading national provider of clinical department outsourcing services, including physician recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, leadership, training and education and billing, for hundreds of hospitals nationwide. Service lines include emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology and radiology/teleradiology departments. EmCare clinicians participate in more than 15 million patient encounters annually. The company focuses on helping each client with efficiency, quality of care and creating outstanding patient experience. In short, EmCare is “Making Healthcare Work Better.”™ Learn more about EmCare at www.EmCare.com.

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