ARM IN ARM TO HELP
While the physicians often get involved in providing patient care at an emergency, their primary role is helping EMS crews improve patient care.
“It’s about real-time education,” said Dr. Feinzimer, “showing EMS crews that we are out there arm-inarm to help them.”
“We want everyone to understand that while we come from different perspectives,” Dr. Lancaster said, “we’re all committed to meeting in the middle where good patient care happens. MD-1 and field physicians have truly created a unique partnership with the EMS crews that makes the outcomes in these patient stories possible.”
“We can do that better when we’re out on the scene with emergency crews,” Piccolo said, “rather than trying to do that solely by radio from the emergency department.”
Their efforts are appreciated by the EMS departments they work with. “They come out and talk and train with us,” Chief Slover said. “They review cases with us. They come to emergency calls when we request them. The whole program they’ve helped develop I can’t describe as anything less than awesome.”
“It's fantastic for our community," agreed Chief Nederer. "Our EMS crews are doing phenomenal work, and having a doctor come with them just puts us light years ahead."
TRULY BEING A LEADER
The MD-1 program is also appreciated by patients. “I’ve had many people tell me how much they really like that we send physicians out into the community with emergency crews,” Dr. Feinzimer said, “because it illustrates our commitment to patients.”
“This is one way we show how much we care about our communities, and about the emergency departments that serve them,” Dr. Lancaster said. “MD-1 is an additional resource that we’re providing to improve patient care.”
“There aren't a lot of hospital systems that have a program like this in place,” Piccolo said. “We are truly a leader in southeast Wisconsin and in the state in helping make sure patients get excellent care where and when they need it. We're in effect taking the hospital to them.”
“At the times when patients are the most vulnerable ,” Dr. Feinzimer said, “our hospitals and EMS departments are bringing all the tools at our disposal to provide the best patient care we can.”
“Let’s put it this way,” Chief Slover said, “when you see the MD-1 vehicle in your community, you can know that it’s a special program that Froedtert Kenosha Hospital and Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital have worked with EMS departments to create to help make pre-hospital care as good as it can be. It’s one great resource that we know we can count on.”