Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center's emergency department has a new team of emergency medical physicians. They include Drs. John Mullins, James Foster, Joachim Franklin, Arturo Portales and Chris Pund. They join Dr. Bryan Wood and Dr. Erech Bell, full-time physicians who have been on the emergency department staff the past few years.
"Our new team of emergency department physicians are well-trained to handle all types of emergencies and are keenly aware of the importance of having a close working relationship with the other physicians on the medical staff," said Linda Lalor, director of the emergency department.
Ephraim McDowell's emergency department is staffed 24 hours a day with a physician, registered nurses, technicians and unit secretaries. One physician is always on duty to see patients at all times. From noon to midnight each day, a second physician is on staff to assist with less emergent cases.
People sometimes visit the emergency department when their family doctor's office is closed or their need for medical care is too great for the doctor's office. The emergency department physicians work closely with other physicians to inform and consult with them about their patient's visit and treatment.