James Rhee, M.D., Honored as 2017 Emergency Physician of the Year

Posted on Thu, May 25, 2017
James Rhee, M.D., Honored as 2017 Emergency Physician of the Year

James Rhee M.D., FACMT, FACEP, FAAEM, medical director at Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, Calif., received Envision Physician Services’ 2017 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year award.

“I am thrilled to be selected as one of Envision Physician Services’ Physicians of the Year,” Rhee said. “I would like to acknowledge the dedicated team members at Corona Regional Medical Center whom I am proud to work alongside every day. We constantly strive for excellence and, in our short time together, have built a strong foundation for which we provide quality, patient-centered care.”

“Dr. Rhee took over as the director of the emergency room at a time when there was a need for strong physician leadership and a change in culture,” said Mark Uffer, chief executive officer at Corona Regional Medical Center. “He has helped recruit a stable core of providers that demonstrates daily the commitment to quality care and service. We find him to be a calm and calculating director who is committed to the vision of our administration and the values required to be the hospital of first choice in the market."

In his two years at the facility, Rhee has applied his clinical expertise and strong leadership skills to improve operational efficiency and enhance the patient experience. Within 11 months, he helped reduce the amount of time between patients’ arrival and consultation with a physician from 70 minutes to 27 minutes. Since implementing Lean principles to improve patient flow and experience, he has been asked to consult Corona Regional Medical Center’s partnering hospitals in Las Vegas.

“Dr. Rhee’s dedication to his team members and the patients he serves is unparalleled,” said Thom Mayer, M.D., regional chief executive officer for Envision Physician Services. “Through his strong leadership abilities, evidence-based practices and commitment to excellence, he has been able to implement substantial and far-reaching improvements in the clinical operations and employee culture at Corona Regional Medical Center. In a word, Dr. Rhee is an exemplary physician.”

Rhee was presented with the award during the Envision Physician Services 2017 Annual Leadership Conference held in Las Vegas April 18-20. In addition to honoring the year’s top emergency medicine physician, the organization recognizes leading physicians in hospital medicine, radiology and acute surgery.

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