GOOD SAM APPOINTS NEW EMERGENCY DEPT DIRECTOR

Adrienne R. Wasserman, MD, MPH, FACEP has been named the new Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Dr. Wasserman will be returning to Good Samaritan where she once held the position of attending physician in the Emergency Department from 2006 – 2009. Dr. Wasserman studied at Florida International University where she received both her Bachelor of Science in health education and Masters of Public Health degree. She earned her medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Wasserman is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

For the past three years, Dr. Wasserman has worked at New York Hospital Queens as an attending physician in their Emergency Department and as a Director of Emergency Medicine Residency Research.

Dr. Wasserman’s return comes at an important juncture as Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center works to expand their emergency and urgent care services. “We see emergency care as a top priority for serving our community and Dr. Wasserman is perfectly suited to help us meet that need for residents throughout the region,” said Philip A. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “Good Samaritan is fortunate to have a director of emergency medicine who knows how to manage and operate a department, but is keenly aware of the human side of caring for a patient in a time of great distress.”

The hospital is in the process of a multi-phase expansion for the Emergency Department, which will ultimately result in tripling the size of the current space. To start with, Good Samaritan will add 13 new bays, for a total of 32 separate patient treatment rooms. Over the next decade, plans will bring the total patient bays to 50. At the same time, the hospital will install new imaging and diagnostic technology, including an ER-dedicated CAT scanner, to increase efficiency and provide state-of-the-art testing for the patients in the Emergency Department. Phase one of the project is slated for completion at the end of January, and Phase two should be complete by the summer of 2013.