Dr. Eric Deal, emergency room director at Barrow Regional Medical Center, has been hired as medical director for Barrow County Emergency Services.
Deal will be responsible for ensuring that medical protocols are kept current in order to provide better patient care. These protocols allow EMS personnel to administer necessary medications without having to contact a hospital first. This rapid response can help stabilize patients more quickly and reduce the possibility of greater physical damage.
“We are excited to be working with Doctor Deal,” said interim chief John Skinner. “With his energy and experience joining our department, we will continue to move forward and keep current with the treatment and care of our patients.”
Deal will work with EMS personnel to make sure that all patients receive the highest quality patient care possible. He will work with the department in oversight and quality assurance, as well as training.
According to public information officer Lt. Scott Dakin, the nature of out-of-hospital emergency calls challenges EMS workers to make important, sometimes critical decisions with a limited amount of information.
The members of Barrow County Emergency Services have always been capable of making the necessary decisions when called upon and Deal will help department personnel continue to make these decisions and treat each and every patient in the best possible way, Dakin said.
Deal has been practicing medicine for twenty eight years, and has been an emergency director for the majority of his career. Deal spent six years as chief of staff at Northlake Medical Center, served as director of emergency medical services at the Atlanta Olympic Village and worked fifteen years as medical director for the Gwinnett County Emergency Medical Services. Deal and his wife Sherrie, an emergency department nurse, have three children, the eldest of which just graduated from medical school.
“We are very excited to have Doctor Deal sign on with Barrow County Emergency Services as our Medical Director,” Skinner said. “With his many years of experience and knowledge he will be very valuable in working with all of us in staying up with an ever changing emergency medical field.”
This seems like a waste of money. I wonder what having a doctor on staff costs. I doubt a 28 year veteran doctor comes cheap. Is it that hard to contact the ER while transporting a patient to the hospital? So now instead of calling the hospital, they call the director? I would think that contacting the hospital would be more beneficial to the patient. That way the ER will know whats going on before the patient arrives. I dont think we need a doctor as an EMS director.
Well Why? You need to know your facts before running off at the mouth. An EMS Director is just what it sounds like a Director and at BCES we have a Chief. Also the Medical Director is a State mandated need not a want. Check your State of Georgia websites for further information. Paramedics and EMT's cannot just practice medicine they need a Doctor to sign off on procedures and protocols. And as far as his pay I am sure it's minute compared to other wasteful spending. It's all public record so go and ask to see his pay. And as for you, please do not post again till your facts are straight.