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Craig Smestad, MD

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Executive Vice President, EmCare South Division
Craig Smestad, MD

In 2012, Dr. Craig Smestad joined EmCare as Executive Vice President for the South Division, directly managing providers and contracts for the provision of hospitalist, emergency medicine and anesthesia services for more than 30 facilities.

Prior to taking on this role at EmCare, Smestad was affiliated with Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) for 24 years with three years as a full time Emergency Medicine physician, seventeen years as Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Director of Employee Health Services at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, and subsequently, as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of two of their System Hospitals, St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.

Smestad has successfully facilitated the growth and expansion of emergency medicine volume from 36,000 visits per year to 86,000 visits per year, and developed several innovative programs including but not limited to: the first "Fast Track" on Long Island which was staffed with Allied Health Practitioners; the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Suffolk County; the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) Program on Long Island; and an Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Smestad was also a major contributor to the development of the New York State Department of Health approved Trauma System in Suffolk County.

As Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for six and three years respectively at St. Charles Hospital and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, he established many new programs including: overseeing the implementation of Adult Hospitalist Programs at both facilities; starting a Pediatric Hospitalist Program at St. Charles Hospital; implementing a Bariatric Surgical Program at St. Charles Hospital; initiating a Physician Assistant Surgical First Assist Program at both Hospitals; and obtaining approval from the New York State Department of Health Cardiac Advisory Board for elective angioplasty at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center which immediately resulted in a three-fold increase in cardiac catheterization volume.

He was honored as the New York State Physician Assistant Society "physician of the year" and received a proclamation from Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney. He also received the prestigious Marvin Bernstein Award from the Medical Staff and Administration of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Smestad joined Brandon Regional Hospital as CMO, responsible for Quality, Risk Management, Infection Control, Medical Education, and Medical Affairs including Credentials, Peer Review, Institutional Research Review, and physician resource management. There he led the successful roll-out of an electronic healthcare record for physician order entry and clinical documentation.

Smestad completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in Florida.  He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at San Juan Veterans Administration.

Of his many skills and experiences, Smestad is an excellent leader and communicator with the ability to build trusting and lasting relationships with both physicians and administrators.