Emergency Medicine Physicians Are an Invaluable Resource to Our Community

July 8, 2011

Southern Indiana residents can rest assured that should an emergency situation arise, their health is in trusted hands. That’s because Floyd Emergency Medicine Associates, the group of physicians who staff Floyd Memorial’s Emergency Center, is made up entirely of physicians who have undergone highly specialized training in emergency medicine.

S. Pahner
“The Emergency Center is essentially the front door to the hospital, so as emergency medicine physicians, we take our role as the first physician to assess and treat the patient extremely seriously. A good outcome depends strongly on what happens in the beginning of treatment, so we’ve worked very hard to assemble aggressive protocols for quickly identifying and treating conditions ranging from heart attack to stroke to sepsis.”

Steven Pahner, MD

Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician
Floyd Emergency Medicine Associates
R. Graves
“Floyd Emergency Medicine Associates, the group of physicians who have staffed the Floyd Memorial Emergency Center since 1982, is made up entirely of residency trained, board certified emergency medicine physicians. That means that we have all gone through an intense, three-year residency program specifically designed to train and prepare physicians for the practice of emergency medicine, and that we have all taken the additional step of achieving board certification in our field. Patients and families can rest assured that when they’re receiving care at the Floyd Memorial Emergency Center, they are truly in trustworthy hands.”

Cam Graves, MD

Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician
Floyd Emergency Medicine Associates

As Cam Graves, MD, board certified emergency medicine physician, explained, “As emergency medicine physicians, we could be called on to treat patients ranging from newborns to the elderly, suffering from essentially any medical condition imaginable. That means we have to be well versed in diagnosing and treating patients of all ages with all symptoms, which calls for extensive training and preparation.”

Steven Pahner, MD, board certified emergency medicine physician, elaborated on their dedication. “We make a calculated effort to stay at the forefront of cutting edge therapies in order to ensure that our patients have the best outcomes possible. For instance, we have worked extremely hard in recent years to develop protocols for patients in cardiac distress. Some of these include the development of a 60-Minute Team dedicated to getting patients who are having a heart attack into the cardiac cath lab to open their arteries in less than 60 minutes from the time they enter the Emergency Center, as well as therapeutic hypothermia protocols to cool the core body temperature of patients in cardiac arrest, thus slowing down the damage that can occur. We’ve also focused on identifying and treating sepsis as quickly as possible. Studies show that the first six hours after septic patients come to the Emergency Center are the most important, so we’ve worked hard to develop aggressive diagnosis and treatment protocols to ensure the best possible outcome for these patients.”

These are just a few of the many conditions that the emergency medicine physicians at Floyd Memorial dedicate themselves to on a daily basis. As a community, we are truly indebted to their heroic efforts on our behalf.

Know When to Go

Ambulance
Knowing what conditions or needs constitute visiting an emergency center will help ensure that you’re given the most prompt, effective care available. Some conditions that constitute an emergency center visit include, but are not limited to:

  • Heart attack symptoms, including chest pain accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and/or pain in the arm or back
  • Stroke symptoms, including sudden change in vision or speech, numbness or weakness in the legs or arms, particularly on one side of the body, sudden problems with balance or walking, and/or sudden onset of severe headache that is different than past headaches
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Burns
  • Traumas, such as motor vehicle accidents or falls
  • Injuries or wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Shortness of breath or trouble swallowing
  • Allergic reactions, especially if you have had a severe reaction in the past, if you are having trouble breathing or experiencing hives

Know the Signs. Know the Number. Call 9-1-1.
Call 1-800-4-SOURCE today for a free “Signs & Symptoms of a Heart Attack” magnet.

Primary Care Physicians Are Your Healthcare Home

Patient with Nurse
“Having a primary care physician who can help keep your health in check and be a resource when illnesses arise really is essential,” said Dr. Graves. “Far too often we have patients who come to the emergency center with needs that are not emergent and should be addressed in a primary care physician’s office. It’s also important to realize that while the emergency center is open 24/7, the entire hospital is not, so if you come in late at night and your need is not urgent, you will most likely still have to wait until business hours to receive many services.”

Need a Primary Care Physician?
Call Floyd Memorial’s Physician Referral Line at 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723), or visit our online physician directory at www.floydmemorial.com/physician-directory/.