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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Emergency Department Leadership Named at CCMH

At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Emily Myers, RN will serve as
director of emergency services

Waldemar Szczupak, MD
was appointed medical director

New Emergency Department Leadership Named at CCMH

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital recently announced new leadership within its emergency department.

Waldemar Szczupak, MD was appointed medical director and Emily Myers, RN will serve as director of emergency services.

Dr. Szczupak brings over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine after working at emergency departments in Havertown and Bradford. After earning a medical degree, he completed surgical and family practice residencies at Beekman Downtown Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, and Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Szczupak, who has served as a part time emergency department physician for the past few years at Charles Cole, said that he’s enjoyed working with the staff and patients in Coudersport.

Myers, who served as interim director, has extensive nursing experience including supervision, med/surg, and project coordination. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked at CCMH since 2001. In her new role, she will continue to manage clinical IT projects, such as bedside medication verification and implementation of pharmacy automation.

In a hospital of CCMH’s size, Myers enjoys being able to practice her clinical skills while also serving in an administrative role. In a larger organization, nurses don’t always have the privilege of doing that, she said.

Under their leadership, Dr. Szczupak and Myers have been enhancing CCMH’s emergency services including the push to be designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, which doesn’t currently exist in Pennsylvania, possibly making CCMH one of the first. This fall, the hospital will host a trauma course that will help prepare for a Level IV designation. They also developed an ED Symposium for providers and an EMS dinner to build stronger relationships, Myers said.

Additionally, they have focused on evaluating best practices and education, she said.

Dr. Szczupak said he can see improvements already with better speed, service, atmosphere, and team work among hospital departments.

“We are committed to providing excellent patient care,” Myers said.


Anonymous said...

CONGRATS EMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...I actually look forward to the ER now...

Anonymous said...

My Son had Dr. Szczupak in the ER and he was Awesome.....

Very Nice and a great Dr. at that...

Thank You Dr. Szczupak !

Anonymous said...

My husband was seen by Dr. Szcupak in the ER last week and we were very happy with his expertise and the care received. A positive step for CCMH. Thank you Dr. Szcupak and CCMH

Anonymous said...

My little guy had Dr. Szczupak also. I have had bad experience with ER doctors both times I have ever been.

This guy was great. Very kind and seemed to really care. Not once did he act annoyed or inconvenienced by any of my questions like some doctors do.

He took the time to really listen to me and to read the info I had given the nurses. Good people skills.. He is definitely an asset to CCMH.

Anonymous said...

About time we got and ER doc who cares about the patients that come in. Good luck docs!

Anonymous said...

Now if only they can get people like that throughout the rest of the hospital..