September 15, 2008

Doctor to Work at Mayo Full Time

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Dr. David McDermott, a family practice physician at Dover-Foxcroft Family Medicine since 1993, is moving into a full- time role as medical director of emergency services in Mayo Regional Hospital's Emergency Department, starting Oct. 1.

McDermott will discontinue his primary care practice and no longer will see patients at Dover-Foxcroft Family Medicine.

McDermott's patients will be seen by existing providers at Dover Family, including family practice physicians Drs. Susan Luthin and Elisa Thompson; pediatrician Dr. John Pearsall; and physician assistants Mark Hanson and William Head. In addition, the practice has recruited two new physician assistants in Carolyn Wiese and Joanne Reiniger in order to expand access to care. The practice continues to recruit additional physicians to join its staff.

"The complexities of operating an emergency department that sees more than 13,000 visits a year requires a full-time medical director," McDermott, who has been the department's part-time director since 2005, said this week in a prepared press release. "Mayo's successful recruitment of new providers at Dover-Foxcroft Family Medicine allows me to take on a new challenge at this time."

As medical director, McDermott will supervise an emergency department provider team that includes a blend of physicians and physician assistants. His responsibilities include budget planning, recruitment and credentialing, compliance with state and federal emergency department licensure regulations, and oversight of quality improvement initiatives. He also will regularly work shifts to cover the emergency department schedule.

McDermott said Mayo's emergency department provider model is changing from one that relied almost entirely on physician assistants as front-line caregivers to one that now features a mix of physicians and physician's assistants.

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