Steinour Named ED Medical Director at Seton Medical Center Austin April 28, 2017

Emergency Service Partners, a founding partner of US Acute Care Solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas Steinour has been named Emergency Department Medical Director at Seton Medical Center Austin, effective June 1, 2017. He succeeds Dr. Irfan Hydari, who has served as ED… Read more

Iyer Appointed Pediatric Outreach Program Medical Director April 13, 2017

Emergency Service Partners, a founding partner of US Acute Care Solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Sujit Iyer has been named Pediatric Outreach Program Medical Director. In this new role, Dr. Iyer will provide medical and administrative leadership and will be the point person… Read more

Goen Named ED Medical Director at CHI St. Joseph in Bryan, TX March 20, 2017

Emergency Service Partners, a founding partner of US Acute Care Solutions, is pleased to announce that Paul Goen, MD has been named the new Emergency Department Medical Director at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, TX, effective April 1, 2017. He succeeds Dr…. Read more

Hydari Named Vice President, USACS Southwest March 1, 2017

Emergency Service Partners-US Acute Care Solutions Southwest is pleased to announce that Dr. Irfan Hydari has been named Vice President serving the central portion of USACS Southwest. As a regional vice president, Hydari will provide medical and administrative leadership necessary to support the efforts of… Read more

Lewis Named Vice President, USACS Southwest February 14, 2017

Emergency Service Partners-US Acute Care Solutions Southwest is pleased to announce that Dr. Brandon Lewis has been named Vice President serving the northeast portion of USACS Southwest. As a regional vice president, Lewis will provide medical and administrative leadership necessary to support the efforts of… Read more

Buzzard Leads Joint Training Exercise February 8, 2017

Dr. Aaron Buzzard, ED medical director at CHI St. Joseph Health Bellville Hospital, helped lead a joint training exercise with first responders in neighboring Waller County on February 7. Firefighters and EMS workers extricated a trapped, unstable “patient” from simulated a motor vehicle rollover and… Read more

Jeffrey Testifies about Dangers of Distracted Driving February 3, 2017

State legislators gathered February 2 in a hearing room at the Texas Capitol to consider the merits of a statewide ban on texting while driving, a known contributor to traffic fatalities. Surrounded by photos and grieving family members of those who have died in such… Read more

Patlovany Named Vice President, USACS Southwest January 30, 2017

Emergency Service Partners-US Acute Care Solutions is pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Patlovany has been named Vice President of USACS Southwest. As a regional vice president serving the southern portion of the region, Patlovany will provide medical and administrative leadership necessary to support the… Read more

Freestanding EDs Defend Care January 3, 2017

Freestanding emergency centers, including ESP’s own Five Star ER, are continuing to educate patients amid confusing and sometimes inaccurate information promoted by detractors of this new model of care. Although the facilities may outwardly appear similar to some urgent care facilities, freestanding EDs in Texas… Read more

Dell Children’s EM Physicians Featured in Foundation Magazine December 20, 2016

Two Emergency Service Partners physician leaders from Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas are featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Miracles, the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation magazine. Dr. Sujit Iyer discusses his role with the hospital’s pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and explains… Read more

Emergency Service Partners Joins US Acute Care Solutions December 19, 2016

US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) today announced Emergency Service Partners (ESP) has entered into a definitive agreement to join USACS, the national physician-owned leader in emergency medicine, hospitalist and observation services as a founding partner. Founded by emergency medicine physician groups in Colorado, Florida, Maryland… Read more

Social Networking App Launches Physicians into ‘Orbit’ December 2, 2016

Despite years of intense education and having the ultimate responsibility for saving lives, recent changes in the health care system have left some physicians feeling marginalized or unappreciated in their own industry. Now, a new smart phone app developed in part by ESP physician Dr…. Read more

Higginbotham: Avoid Trauma by Toys November 29, 2016

With the holiday gift-giving season coming quickly, the Seton Healthcare Family made sure parents are aware of the potential dangers posed by children’s toys. In 2015, more than 250,000 children were treated in emergency departments across the U.S. for toy-related injuries. Boys encountered more than… Read more

Hotel Near Dell Children’s Names Suite Honoring Allen November 23, 2016

The new Marriott Residence Inn near Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin has opened a new suite dedicated to patients’ families–and named in honor of Emergency Service Partners physician and board member Dr. Coburn Allen. The hotel space is designed to relieve the financial burden… Read more

Patel Offers Tips for Time Change November 4, 2016

Resetting all of your clocks at home at the end of Daylight Saving Time in early November can be difficult enough, but resetting your internal body clock is a whole other matter. Dr. Kalpesh Patel, an Emergency Service Partners pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine physician… Read more

APP Skills Lab Teaches Suturing Techniques November 3, 2016

More than a dozen ESP nurse practitioners and physician assistants gathered at the ESP administrative office Austin on November 2 to take part in a special APP Skills Lab. The hands-on course was designed to help advanced practice providers learn and practice proper suturing techniques… Read more

DWI, Texas ER Docs, and the US Supreme Court November 2, 2016

By Dusty Otwell Associate General Counsel An emergency room physician is working the night shift when a police officer brings in a DWI suspect who has refused to submit to a breath or blood test. The officer directs the physician to forcibly draw the suspect’s… Read more

Mendelson Named ED Medical Director at CHRISTUS St. Michael November 1, 2016

Emergency Service Partners, L.P. is pleased to announce that David Mendelson, MD has been named the new Emergency Department Medical Director at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, TX, effective November 1, 2016. He succeeds Dr. Robert Wycoff, who is resigning his leadership position… Read more

Congratulations to New ACEP Fellows October 30, 2016

Congratulations to the following ESP physicians who have been named Fellows of the American College of Emergency Physicians: Arthur Abello, MD, FACEP Vasco Cheuk, MD, FACEP Arthur Lim, MD, FACEP Sarah Olstyn Martinez, DP, FACEP Kate Remick, MD, FACEP – – – – – –… Read more

ESP Recruits Physicians at ACEP Meeting October 20, 2016

Emergency Service Partners, L.P. placed its bets on recruiting a significant number of physicians during the annual American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly, held this year October 16-19 in Las Vegas, NV. Based on the impressive turnouts at ESP functions, the bet paid… Read more

ESP Contributes to ED Design Guide October 16, 2016

Three Emergency Service Partners, L.P. associates are among the contributors to a new book about emergency department design published by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The second edition of Emergency Department Design: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Future, by Jon Huddy, was released… Read more

Allen Discusses Dangers of West Nile, Zika October 14, 2016

When a teenager in the Austin area died and was found to have the West Nile virus, KVUE-TV asked Dr. Coburn Allen, an ESP pediatric emergency medicine physician and infectious disease specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, to explain the dangers. “The West… Read more

Higginbotham Warns of Teething Remedies October 11, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to parents, urging they avoid using commonly sold homeopathic teething tablets, gels and liquids–even recommending that parents trash any such products they have at home. ESP’s Dr. Eric Higginbotham, emergency department medical director at Dell Children’s… Read more

Partners Re-elect Three Board Members October 10, 2016

ESP’s General Partner Members re-elected three partners to three-year terms on the group’s 10-member Board of Managers. Dr. Coburn Allen is the program director for the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, where he has served as an EM… Read more

Physicians Contribute to Pediatric Textbook October 9, 2016

Three ESP physicians are among the authors of the new book, titled “CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment: Pediatric Emergency Medicine.” Dr. Stephen McConnell (Chapter 3: Emergency Procedures and Chapter 24: Maxillofacial & Neck Trauma) Dr. Christopher Colvin (Chapter 4: Procedural Sedation) Dr. Joseph Heidenreich (Chapter 7:… Read more

Valley Baptist Harlingen Named Level I Stroke Facility October 4, 2016

In recognition of “ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for stroke patients in its area,” Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen was recently designated as a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Facility in Trauma Service Area-V by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The… Read more

ESP Recruiting at Major EM Conferences October 1, 2016

Fall is again a busy time for emergency medicine physicians, with two major conferences on the horizon. Emergency Service Partners will be front and center at both, recruiting talented physicians to serve our 36 emergency departments across Texas. First, about 7,000 physicians will descend upon… Read more

Beatty: How to Say You’re Sorry September 29, 2016

Simply saying “I’m sorry” can often be more difficult than it might seem. That’s why Emergency Service Partners’ Dr. Brennen Beatty, an emergency physician at Seton Medical Center Hays, provides practical advice in the September 2016 issue of Emergency Physicians Monthly. His article offers five… Read more

Academy Trains Future Leaders September 21, 2016

Recognizing the importance of developing the next generation of clinical leaders, Emergency Service Partners held its annual Leadership Academy September 21 at the ESP administrative office in Austin on September. The event is designed to develop current and future medical directors, as well as those… Read more

Bellville ED Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary September 16, 2016

The C. Gaylen and Mary Ackley Emergency Department at CHI St. Joseph Health Bellville Hospital marked its one-year anniversary September 16. Dr. Aaron Buzzard, ED medical director, was featured as part of a half-page advertorial in the Bellville Times to commemorate the occasion. “We are… Read more

Physicians Publish MotoGP Research September 14, 2016

Emergency Service Partners physicians have published additional research stemming from their work at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas and the Seton Event Medicine Institute. A Brief Report titled, “Elite Motorcycle Racing: Crash Types and Injury Patterns in the MotoGP Class” appeared in the September 2016… Read more

Three Steps to Meaningful Risk Management September 9, 2016

By Dusty Otwell Associate General Counsel Emergency Service Partners, L.P. Robert Otwell gave me powerful inspiration on patient quality and risk management. If this building caught on fire, and you pulled ten people to safety, you’d make the evening news as a hero. The diligent… Read more

Dawson Promotes Ob/Gyn Hospitalist Coverage to Enhance Patient Safety September 5, 2016

After the Texas Tribune highlighted a study showing an dramatic increase in the number of women in Texas dying following pregnancy, KBTX-TV in Bryan sought answers. The station spoke with Emergency Service Partners physician Dr. Dan Dawson, medical director for the ob/gyn hospitalist program at CHI St…. Read more

Milling Research Published in NEJM August 30, 2016

A research study co-authored by Emergency Service Partners physician Dr. T.J. Milling has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article, titled “Andexanet Alfa for Acute Major Bleeding Associated with Factor Xa Inhibitors,” appears in the August 30, 2016 issue. The study… Read more

Mission Field: Texas August 29, 2016

Medical mission work is not new to Dr. Geoffrey Odom, an ESP emergency medicine physician who works at Providence Health Center in Waco, TX. But his most recent trip, in August 2016, changed his perspective. Odom participated in a one-week domestic medical mission trip in his… Read more

Physicians, Austin Residents Publish Research August 25, 2016

Austin emergency medicine residents were involved in a significant amount of scholarly activity during the past year, aided by Emergency Service Partners physicians who serve as faculty members. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Emergency Medicine Residency program, based at University Medical… Read more

Chapa Publishes Ob/Gyn Article August 24, 2016

Dr. Hector Chapa, an ESP ob/gyn hospitalist physician from CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, TX, has published a Clinical Update in Ob.Gyn. News. Titled, “Improving Patient Care by Reducing Retained Sponges During Vaginal Deliveries,” the article addresses the benefits of assistance technology… Read more

Colvin Featured in Bell County Magazine August 22, 2016

Dr. Christopher Colvin, emergency department medical director at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, is featured on the cover of the Fall 2016 issue of Bell County Living. Colvin offers parents six tips to keep in mind when deciding whether to bring their child to the… Read more

Jackson Appointed ED Medical Director at Seton Southwest Hospital August 1, 2016

Danielle Jackson, MD has been named the Emergency Department Medical Director at Seton Southwest Hospital in Austin, TX, effective August 1, 2016. She succeeds Dr. Sarah Martinez, who has served in the role since May 2015 and was recently named the ED medical director at… Read more

Vira Named Smithville ED Medical Director July 31, 2016

Amar Vira, MD has been appointed the Emergency Department Medical Director at Seton Smithville Regional Hospital in Smithville, TX, effective August 1, 2016. He assumes this vital leadership role following the recent resignation of Dr. Bennie Fore, who has chosen to focus on his clinical… Read more

Duncan Publishes Compliance Article about Medical Director Contracts July 27, 2016

Cameron Duncan, JD, compliance specialist for ESP, has published an article in the August 2016 issue of Compliance Today, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association. The article, titled “Navigating the Choppy Waters of Medical Director Contracts,” addresses potential contract pitfalls, particularly in light… Read more

Soubra Goes Beyond the Call of Duty July 26, 2016

Some say medicine is a calling; sometimes it means going above and beyond the call of duty. Such is the case with Dr. Said Soubra, an ESP pulmonary/critical care physician. ESP Board Member Dr. Bob Harding recounts a recent example he learned about that took… Read more

Allen Addresses Olympics Zika Concerns July 25, 2016

A number of big-name athletes announced in July that they would not be attending the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, citing concerns about the Zika virus that is thought to be particularly prevalent in South America. KXAN-TV in Austin turned to ESP’s Dr…. Read more

Delk Honored for Service in Middle East July 7, 2016

ESP emergency physician Dr. Gerald Delk recently returned from his third deployment to the Middle East, where he served as a Shock Trauma Medical Officer with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command from July 2015 to May 2016. Upon arriving overseas,… Read more

Remick Leads Pediatric Quality Center July 6, 2016

Dr. Katherine Remick, an Emergency Service Partners physician, is serving on the leadership team of the new Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) in Houston. Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine announced the launch of this national quality improvement… Read more

Faculty Honor Graduating Austin EM Residents June 25, 2016

The second class of eight residents from the UT Austin Emergency Medicine Residency was honored June 24 at an event at Saengerrunde Hall. Emergency Service Partners physicians serve as faculty for this program, launched in 2012, which is based at University Medical Center Brackenridge. ESP… Read more

Iyer: Asthma Protocols Improve Pediatric Care June 22, 2016

Children with asthma are getting faster and potentially less expensive care because of new coordination among several Texas children’s hospitals. Austin’s KXAN-TV spoke with Dr. Sujit Iyer, a pediatric emergency physician at Dell Children’s Medical Center, who explained how new, streamlined asthma protocols are improving… Read more

Higginbotham Warns of Water Risks June 13, 2016

School is out, hot Texas temperatures are here, and children are ready to make a splash. Before kids go cannonballing into the water, the Seton Healthcare Family reminded parents to equip themselves and their children with necessary precautions to ensure a fun and safe experience…. Read more

Trauma Drills Prepare Team for New Hospital June 8, 2016

A two-day simulation at University Medical Center Brackenridge in early June prepared emergency care teams for the new teaching hospital under construction across the street. Doctors, nurses, first responders and other emergency medical staff practiced transporting mock critically ill patients from helicopter or ambulance to… Read more

Obstetric Hospitalist Program Demonstrates Positive Results February 23, 2016

Emergency Service Partners launched its first Obstetric Hospitalist (or Laborist) services in September 2015 at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, TX. Led by Dr. Daniel Dawson, a longtime ob-gyn physician in the area, with the support of Dr. Brandon Lewis, an ESP… Read more