KK: Are you fully staffed, and what does your staffing plan look like?
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DS: We have fully staffed all of the shifts. We have a group of partners with us who travel. We’re using them. We have a lot of volunteers from our partners across the country, and we’re actively hiring. We also are actively staffing the residency program. Scott Felton is the interim program director. We have Chris Lloyd as the associate program director. We have the rest of the 10 core faculty named, some of whom are interim; we continue to look for permanent core faculty.
There have also been some comments about how this group was displaced and doesn’t have jobs. They are great doctors, so we’ve obviously reached out to them multiple ways, multiple times, and would love for them to stay with Summa and continue to provide great care to the community, which they care about. I want to make sure that it’s not portrayed that we aren’t interested in them coming back. We would love to have them as part of our team.
Summa Health System Weighs In
“It was Summa’s intention to complete a long-term contract with our former emergency services provider. When presented with multiple offers of extension to reach an agreement over a holiday weekend, our former group declined. This forced Summa into a position to execute a contingency plan involving US Acute Care Solutions. USACS stepped in to serve our five emergency departments, and our EM residency, under extraordinary circumstances and has performed admirably.”—Valerie Gibson, Summa Health chief operating officer
The ACEP Board of Directors Weighs In
Understanding the importance of this issue to our members and our specialty, the ACEP Board of Directors met on Jan. 19, 2017, and discussed this topic extensively. We are committed to protecting the interests of our specialty, patients, members, residents, and training programs. Your input as we develop supportive resources is welcome. We will to continue to communicate with you on this and other important issues.