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DMH Partners with New Emergency Room Physician Group

Tuesday August, 8th 2017

Aug. 2, 2017…Decatur, Ill…The area’s premier ER just got better. The Mid-America Emergency Physicians (MAEP’s) group began providing emergency medical care at Decatur Memorial Hospital under the leadership of Medical Director Ted Clark, MD.

MAEP’s is dedicated to the core values of excellence, compassion, and integrity, placing the needs of patients first. They also provide care at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, a Level I Trauma Center, as well as Jacksonville’s Passavant Area Hospital; Lincoln’s Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and Taylorville’s Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The Mid-America Emergency Physicians are led by president, Tim Harvey, MD, who serves as the Medical Director at Memorial Medical Center.

Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Emergency and Level  II Trauma Care Center is comprised of a team of emergency medicine physicians, specially trained ER nurses, and care staff. There is 24/7 surgical coverage by traumatists, led by Surgeon Albert Gilman IIII, MD.

With the help of this experienced team, telehealth services will be utilized by the DMH Express Care locations to the DMH Emergency Care Center with a goal of improved quality of patient transfers. Telehealth utilizes telecommunications technology for a healthcare provider to assess and communicate with a patient from a remote location. This technology is currently utilized by Illinois Heart Specialists to Arthur Medical Center, Shelbyville Medicine Center, and Sullivan Medical Center with a goal of improved access to rural patients, by DMH Express Care locations to DMH Pediatric Hospitalists with a goal of improved quality of patient transfers, and DMH Family Medicine to SIU Dermatology with a goal to improve Decatur area patient access to dermatological services.

“I’m excited to be able to offer this area emergency care by such a well-respected physician group, “ said Timothy D. Stone, Jr. President and CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “We are improving care, improving lives.”

DMH emergency room physicians are armed with the latest imaging capabilities that deliver crystal-clear images of vital organs and severe injuries in seconds-getting patients into treatment faster. The nurses in the ER have received additional certification in trauma care. They are specifically trained to respond quickly, assess the often complex needs of each patient, stabilize their condition and prepare them for emergency surgery, if necessary.

Dr. Clark is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Duke University. He completed residency at Indiana University in 2009, served as an IU Chief Resident, and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He worked for four years as the Assistant Program Director with the SIU Emergency Medicine Residency and has been with
Mid-America since 2013.

“We look forward to providing Decatur with the best emergency medical care, said Clark.”

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,150 dedicated employees, 300 physicians, and is a designated Level II Trauma Center. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence.