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Featured Clinician: Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Featured Clinician: Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician in Indianapolis.

Years with EmCare: 3

Years practicing medicine: 20

Why did you decide to become a doctor? Why did you choose your specialty?  I’d like to say that medicine was a lifelong dream to serve others, but in realty I think it’s as simple as both of my parents worked in hospitals while I was growing up, and I followed in my their footsteps. I chose emergency medicine while rotating on a required family practice clerkship and admitting ER patients to our service. It was an instant love affair.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I started college intending to attend law school. The business classes didn’t excite me, and I switched plans toward the end of my sophomore year.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? Lint, a stethoscope, hospital ID, and scraps of papers with patient lists

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”?  History

How do you stay organized at work? When we’re super busy I use scrap paper with hand written lists of patients with what’s pending.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Life and your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself personally and professionally. Don’t take the bait of thinking about purchases in terms of “it’s just another shift or two every month.” Keep your bills to a minimum, and experience the freedom of working because you want to, not because you have to.
What do you enjoy outside of work? Running and biking, theater shows and music, Netflix lazy days

What qualities make a successful doctor? Hard work, organizational skills, and empathy.  

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? Julius Caesar.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? Hiking through Eastern European Alps with my son last summer.

What’s your favorite TV show? Netflix. Is there anything else?


EmCare South Division Announces 2012 Medical Directors of the Year

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2013
EmCare South Division Announces 2012 Medical Directors of the Year

EmCare’s South Division is full of outstanding clinicians, and three have been singled out as Medical Directors of the Year for 2012. The honors were announced during the South Division Leadership Conference Oct. 22-23 in Tampa, FL.

Juston Evenson, M.D., Erik Petersen, D.O. and Michael Schandorf-Lartey, M.D., were honored for their commitment to patient care, excellent leadership and contributions to EmCare.

Evenson is the Medical Director of the Year for anesthesia and represents EmCare at Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, AR.

“Dr. Evenson has done a terrific job in taking over leadership of the Sparks anesthesia team and turning it into one of the best performing groups we have in our division,” says Steve Bartow, vice president of client administration for EmCare’s South Division.

Evenson received his specialty training at the Saint Louis University Medical Center. He served as a staff anesthesiologist for five years at a clinical practice in Joplin before joining the team at Sparks System.

Sparks System C.E.O. Melody Trimble says Dr. Evenson “is very willing to meet with, and work with, the team on strategy and big picture. He serves on our surgery committee and trauma committee and actively works on performance improvement teams. He is willing to make a difference every day.”

“During his tenure [Dr. Evenson] has dealt with more program growth in a short time span than in any other contract with which I’ve worked in my eight plus years at EmCare,” says Bartow. “He has handled it all incredibly well. It has been my pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to watching him develop further in his career with EmCare for many years to come.”

Erik Peterson, D.O., is the Medical Director of the Year for Emergency Medicine in the south division. He joined EmCare on Oct. 1, 2011 as the site medical director at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, M.D., and now serves as the Regional Medical Director in his market.

“In the short time that this medical director has been at the site, [he has] garnered the support of the entire leadership team,” Carolyn Caldwell, Centerpoint Medical Center C.E.O., says of Peterson. “He is very active on medical staff committees and is already very well respected by his peers. He has done well in the overall leadership of the emergency department (E.D.), and has earned the respect and support of both nurses and physicians.”

Peterson is known at his hospital for working well across all provider groups, and communicating across multiple disciplines in order to achieve departmental goals. He took over a staff with only four local full-time providers and has worked diligently to recruit new physicians to join the E.D. group. There is now a full complement of providers.

Dr. Peterson graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Zoology. He attended St. Louis University’s School of Medicine Medical Preparatory Program prior to attending the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. from which he received his D.O. He trained at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center in Temple, Texas where he was ultimately named chief resident of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program.

Michael Schandorf-Lartey, M.D. was honored as Medical Director of the Year for Hospital Medicine. He joined EmCare as a hospitalist at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Fla. and was named site medical director two months later.

The leadership at Doctors Hospital describe him as “consistently responsive to issues and shares our mission, values and goals” and say he is “very approachable” and “always a part of the solution.”

“Dr. Schandorf-Lartey has recruited an excellent team,”says Valerie Powell-Stafford, chief operating officer of Doctors Hospital, “and he is an effective written and oral communicator to both medical and clinical staff.”

“He always seems to have candidates in the pipeline when needed,” adds Charles Schwaner, Doctors Hospital’s chief financial officer.

“He treats each medical discipline with respect and courtesy, values the opinions of others and is willing to review new ideas openly,” says Marilee Arnold, R.N., E.D. director at Doctors Hospital.

Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Mitchell, R.N., adds “He has increased the quality and reliability of the hospitalist program with both general practitioners and surgeons.”

During the leadership conference, Schandorf- Lartey was also praised for excellent work in leading committees and executing on committee objectives. Members of the Performance Improvement team relate that he values all contributions. He also leads the clinical service and sepsis initiatives, communicates HCAHPS results directly to the medical staff, and serves on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.

Schandorf-Lartey received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Ghana Medical School and earned his M.D. from the University of Ghana Medical School. He completed his internship at Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, the premier health care facility in Ghana, and his residencies at Korle-bu Teaching Hospital and St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

Along with the accolades from their peers at the South Division’s Leadership Conference, each Medical Director of the Year received a plaque of recognition and a Lladro figurine.

The South Division of EmCare is made up of contracts at more than 160 facilities throughout the southern United States.