Date: 5/2/2002

St. Mary Medical Center reorganizes emergency services

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, Ind., will soon implement an Emergency Department reorganization that will build upon the hospital’s commitment to quality service while continuing to meet and exceed the growing demands for complex emergency medical care.

The reorganization will include the addition of new emergency medicine physicians and some remodeling that will increase the treatment capacity to accommodate growing populations in the area.

“In planning this reorganization, we have considered patient and community comments as well as the growing communities around us that need access to emergency care,” said Milt Triana, administrator of St. Mary Medical Center. “We will continue to use feedback as we strive to provide the quality care everyone has come to expect from Community Healthcare System.”

Among the key changes is the addition of new emergency medicine physicians. The team will be led by Michael Macuga, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., who two years ago carried out a successful Emergency Department reorganization at Community Hospital in Munster, St. Mary Medical Center’s sister hospital within Community Healthcare System.

The reorganization effort at the St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department began after a community assessment indicated various changes would be needed.

“People are using the Emergency Department more often these days, making for a very busy environment. By listening to the community, we know people are looking for shorter wait times while still demanding immediate, expert emergency medical care,” Macuga said. “We as a physician team look forward to not only meeting the community’s demands for expert emergency care, but exceeding them,” Macuga said.


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The new physician group comprises: Carol Gilmore, M.D.; Mark Johnson, M.D.; Abigail Martinez, M.D.; Patrick McInerney, M.D.; Carl Metcalf, M.D.; Linda Elisabeth Mueller, M.D.; and Richard Watson, M.D. Each of the physicians has completed an emergency medicine residency and is board certified/eligible with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

These physicians and the nursing staff will work closely with key specialists in administering treatments for emergency illnesses, such as heart attack and stroke. Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, along with neurologists and neurosurgeons have worked cooperatively in the reorganization of the Emergency Department. These teams of specialists work directly with the emergency physician to provide the expert care from the moment the patient arrives.

Changes to staffing will make more physicians and nurses available to treat patients during the peak hours from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. A three-room fast-track process within the department will allow for more efficient treatment of illnesses and injuries that are not immediately life threatening.

Structurally, the Emergency Department will be expanded by five treatment spaces for a total of 15 treatment rooms, all containing cardiac monitoring equipment.

“We made these changes in the Emergency Department knowing that all our patients feel their emergency medical needs are most important. With this renewed commitment, our focus is to provide the highest quality medical care with the same urgency and efficiencies patients in these communities deserve,” Macuga said.