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​EmCare Physician Assistant Earns National Recognition

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015
​EmCare Physician Assistant Earns National Recognition

BY: MARY RITTLE, PR Manager National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Nima M. Pourrajabi, PA-C, an EmCare-affiliated physician assistant at College Station Medical Center in Texas, has earned a specialty credential from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Pourrajabi is one of only 240 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) in the country to receive the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the NCCPA.

Pourrajabi was awarded a CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of 425 certified PAs in the country to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011.

“I believe the CAQ is the natural next step for a PA-C dedicated to emergency medicine,” said Pourrajabi of the achievement. “It helps reaffirm our passion for our specialty and stay at the cutting edge of our practice. It is an honor to have this distinction and I invite more of my colleagues to join me.”

“Certified PAs are in high demand because they are valued as medical providers who deliver quality care to the patients they serve,” said Dawn MortonRias, Ed.D., PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “Now in addition to their primary certification, PAs in seven specialties can also earn a CAQ as an objective assessment of their specialty knowledge and skills. This combined with their general medical education are just two of the many reasons that demand for PAs is increasing in every clinical setting and specialty area.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology and psychiatry, and for the first time in 2014, hospital medicine and pediatrics.

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine. Certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions. 



Physician of the Year: Acute Care Surgery

Posted on Mon, Apr 13, 2015
Physician of the Year: Acute Care Surgery

2015 Acute Award Presented to Orange Park Surgeon
EmCare Honors Dr. Alexander Rose with National Recognition

ORLANDO, FLA. (April 7, 2015) – The medical director of surgery at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla., Alexander Rose, M.D., has been honored with the prestigious Acute Award for 2015. The award is presented by EmCare, a leading national provider of physician practice management services, and honors a single surgeon for the award each year.

 “It’s a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Rose of receiving the award. “These recognitions aren’t singular things. My wife, my staff, the administration at Orange Park and the staff at EmCare have been really created an environment where surgeons can thrive.”

“Dr. Rose is a great surgeon and a wonderful leader,” said John Josephs, M.D., CEO of EmCare Acute Care Surgery. “His work with robotic surgery has been innovative, and his collaboration with peers in helping to increase robotic surgery at his hospital has really been pioneering.”

Dr. Rose has been very involved in training and growing the types of robotic surgeries available at Orange Park Medical Center. The hospital’s administration praises his surgical skills, leadership skills and patient care. The hospital’s CEO, Chad Patrick, even drove from Charleston, S.C. to Orange Park while suffering from appendicitis so that Dr. Rose could personally perform the appendectomy.

Dr. Rose was honored with the Acute Award during EmCare’s annual Leadership Conference. The 2015 convention was held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. While the Acute Award recognizes a single surgeon from across the United States, EmCare also annually honors individuals from emergency medicine, hospital medicine and anesthesiology as its Physicians of the Year


AMA Reports on How Docs Use Their Free Time

Posted on Sun, Jan 18, 2015
AMA Reports on How Docs Use Their Free Time

Doctors of all ages report being physically active, with many running or jogging, walking for health

FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association recently surveyed physicians to find what activities they pursue when not in the exam room.

According to the results of the survey, physicians of all ages report being physically active, with the most-enjoyed activity for physicians under age 40 being running or jogging (about one-half of physicians of this age run or jog). Physicians aged 40 to 59 report that they most enjoy running or jogging (36 percent), bicycling (35 percent), and camping or hiking (24 percent). About 50 percent of physicians older than 60 reported walking to stay healthy. Other interests include golf, aerobics and cardio, skiing, tennis, and fishing.

Other leisure activities reported include reading, with many physicians describing themselves as avid readers; regular reading was reported by more than half of physicians under 40, 58 percent of those aged 40 to 59, and more than 64 percent of those aged 60 and older. Gardening, do-it-yourself home improvement and decorating, and playing musical instruments were also reported as top hobbies, while nearly half of all physicians are interested in gourmet cooking. More than one-quarter of physicians are interested in new technology, and a similar percentage own a Kindle e-book reader.

"Free time isn't something most doctors have in abundance," according to the report. "But when they're not working, physicians of all ages engage in a variety of extracurricular activities."

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Get to Know our December Clinician of the Month, Cynthia Bratcher!

Posted on Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Get to Know our December Clinician of the Month, Cynthia Bratcher!

Cynthia M. Bratcher, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN has been working as an emergency medicine professional for 25 years. Her commitment to care extends beyond the healthcare facility — it’s her passion. She teaches ACLS, PALS, and TNCC and her special interest in trauma led her to author two chapters of the Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum provider manual, 7th edition.

Not only does she share her experience and expertise in print and in the workplace, but she also contributes to EmCare’s blog, where she shares her unique insight on the most pressing issues she sees in the emergency department.

Read below to find out what spending 25 years in healthcare has taught Cynthia and what one new process she believes will be the future of healthcare.

The one piece of healthcare advice I wish everyone would follow is: to take steps to decrease modifiable risk factors that will improve the quality of life. Many of our most lethal diseases have modifiable risk factors. Modifiable risk factors for hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease are obesity and smoking, but obesity rates are rising and Americans continue to smoke at alarming rates. The hypertension that results in a stroke, the diabetes that results in kidney failure and the heart disease that causes a fatal myocardial infarction could be eliminated in so many patients’ lives by maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. Patient engagement is the key factor in health promotion and disease prevention, and only by having patients partner in their health and decreasing modifiable risk factors can patient outcomes and quality of life improve. 

Sometimes it’s the patients that teach the care giver. One lesson a patient has taught me was: that they expect me to have clinical skill but at the most critical moments of their lives they will remember the small acts of comfort and kindness. I had just placed a cool cloth on the head of a patient who was having a myocardial infarction when he went into a life threatening rhythm and arrested. His son thanked me later because his Dad told him how much I did for him, and I informed his son that there was a team of nurses that were responsible for the successful resuscitation. He told me that the one thing that stood out in his father’s memory was the cool cloth, and he did not remember the other actions of the team. Cool cloths, warm blankets, and an extra pillow all seem like small things to those of us who are not suffering, but to the patient these actions are the care in healthcare.  We are health care professionals and are expected to be clinically astute, but actions that alleviate discomfort are very meaningful. 

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What are the most promising tools, technologies, processes that you think will drive the future of healthcare? Electronic medical records are changing how we deliver care to our patients. The ability to have  a patient’s information from all medical providers through electronic medical records, utilizing the information to decrease the need for repetitive tests, and having previous health information can be essential in formulating a plan of care that more rapidly results in healing for the patient.  As these programs are enhanced and integrated, the efficiency of the healthcare team will improve and allow us to provide care to more patients.   

I hope my patients remember me as knowledgeable and compassionate. Many patients seeking care in the emergency setting have nowhere else to seek care, and treating non-urgent illnesses in the emergency department creates a challenge when the demand for care is increasing but our space is not. My role as an advanced practice provider is to diagnose and treat their condition, but treating them with respect and kindness is crucial with how the patients view me personally, the healthcare team, and the facility.


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Get to Know Our November Clinician of the Month: Dr. Rebecca Parker

Posted on Thu, Nov 13, 2014
Get to Know Our November Clinician of the Month: Dr. Rebecca Parker

EmCare has more than 10,000 clinicians serving communities across the country and we want to share their stories with you. Get to know these hard-working, difference-makers right here with our monthly “Clinician of the Month” blog post. Do you know a clinician who should be featured? Email!

Dr. Parker is vice president for EmCare’s North Division and senior physician leader for the Midwest.

She is attending emergency physician at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Illinois and Centegra Health System in McHenry and Woodstock, Illinois.  She is also clinical assistant professor at Texas Tech University in El Paso and president, Team Parker LLC.  Dr. Parker began her leadership track with ACEP in 1997 as a member of the EMRA Board of Directors and Alternate ACEP Councilor. She then went on to be a member of both Texas and Illinois Board of Directors, and chaired both chapters’ Education Committees.  She served on the executive committee in Illinois as a member-at-large, secretary-treasurer and then president-elect until she was elected to the ACEP Board of Directors in 2009. 

"Dr. Becky Parker is an outstanding physician and leader. She skilled and well versed not only in emergency medicine but also hospital medicine, physician practice management, and specialty group leadership. She is a true asset to EmCare's leadership team," said Dr. Adam Corley, vice president for EmCare's West Division.

Most recently Dr. Parker was appointed ACEP 2014 Chairman of the Board during ACEP 14-Scientific Assembly in Chicago, the largest annual gathering of emergency physicians in the country.

Dr. Parker is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and the emergency medicine residency program at Texas Tech University-El Paso.

Watch the video below as Dr. Parker shares how patients have impacted her and what she's grateful for.