Firelands Health Chief Medical Officer
I went to medical school at the University of Toledo and completed my residency at St. Vincent in Toledo. I have been with ER Docs, Inc. and with Firelands since 1992.
As an undergraduate at Adrian College in Michigan, I needed a healthcare job to list on my resume for medical school applications. I became an orderly at the emergency room at Bixby Hospital in Adrian during my freshman year of college. I knew from that moment on I wanted to be in emergency medicine. I tried other specialties and tried to convince myself that I wanted to do other things, but in the end, the ER felt like home. I just fit in with that mentality. I say it is “organized chaos” in an ER; you either love it, or you hate it. I love it.
I am from Akron and trained in Ohio, so I wanted to stay in this area. I flew Life Flight as a flight physician out of Toledo and had picked up patients at Firelands. That’s how I met some of the physicians from ER Docs, Inc. I had been practicing in an urban, academic institution in Toledo and I wanted to move to a community hospital setting. I also love the lake, the islands, boating, skiing and summertime here.
I think that the best emergency medicine is practiced in community hospitals. We take care of everything. In large institutions, other specialists and teams take over immediately and ER physicians are just an intermediary. I wanted to be in an environment where there were enough services and specialties to take care of patients when needed, but allowed ER physicians to care for them, too.
I also enjoy that we operate as an independent ER group of physicians. We only serve Firelands and take a personal approach to our care. We are invested in this community and when we see our patients outside of the hospital, we want to know they are doing well and received the best care they could. I think having good healthcare providers locally really trickles down to the community and affects the health and well-being of everyone.