EmCare's South Division Names 2014 SMDs of the Year

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014
EmCare's South Division Names 2014 SMDs of the Year

The South Division just announced their 2014 Site Medical Directors of the Year at their annual divisional leadership conference. All divisional team members were in attendance including nurse leaders, SMDs and divisional staff.

To determine the SMDs of the Year, nominations are requested from hospital administration, hospital nursing leadership and EmCare South divisional staff and nominees are rated in areas including: level of engagement with hospital leadership, how well they work with other medical disciplines to achieve department goals, and ability to communicate with multiple disciplines to achieve department goals.
The 2014 SMD for Emergency Medicine is Tameka Walker-Blake. Dr. Blake is the Site Medical Director at Emory Adventist Hospital of Smyrna.

Divisional Director of Clinical Services, Kathy Molino says, “Dr. Blake has completely changed the culture in the Emory Emergency Department during her tenure as SMD. She is a ‘hands on, lead by example’ type of Director and has turned her group into a tight knit team. She keeps in close contact with hospital administration and meets weekly with her EDND. They have improved their throughput metrics, surpassing Adventist goals.”

Dr. Blake has led the Emory Adventist emergency department to the number 1 position in the entire system in multiple areas. And, nationally, for the second year in a row, the Adventist emergency department was awarded top ED thanks to her great work.

The 2014 Hospital Medicine SMD of the Year is Dr. Pawan Dhawan of Summerville Medical Center. Dr. Dhawan is Vice Chair of Department of Medicine, serves on Clinical Excellence Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Critical Care Committee, Utilization Management Committee, Clinical Review Committee, and PDoc Review Committee.

His leadership of the program has caused it to evolve from an inpatient program that just manages the care of those patients assigned to its service, to a program that focuses on team development, clinical initiatives, and collaboration with the medical staff to meet the needs and ongoing challenges of patient care within the facility.

His innovative approach has transformed Summerville Medical Center into a model for the South Division.

Dr. Luis Cajina of Lake City Medical Center is the South Division’s 2014 Anesthesia Site Medical Director of the Year.

Dr. Cajina serves on the Surgery Committee, and actively works on performance improvements teams. Lake City OR Director, Christine Summerlin, says Dr. Cajina is “personable, and handles his staff with the utmost professionalism.  He is courteous and informative.  When observing his interaction with other physicians he is very professional and always has the patient’s best interest at heart.”

Congratulations to these great examples of quality care and leadership.

Click here to view photos from the South Division’s Leadership Conference! 

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