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October 2, 2012

St. Joseph ER Physician Named Medical Director, Bryan Fire Department

The City of Bryan has named Aaron Buzzard, M.D., St. Joseph Emergency Physician, Medical Director of the Bryan Fire Department (BFD).

This initiative is expected to improve emergency care in Bryan and BrazosCounty and allow for seamless care from the scene to the hospital.

Patients will directly benefit from this partnership.  Benefits from this agreement:

  • Dr. Buzzard and other St. Joseph ER physicians are authorized to communicate medical advice to medics in-field, when requested.
  • Dr. Buzzard can respond to the scene when needed in the event of serious emergencies.
  • Dr. Buzzard will develop training curriculum for BFD medics.
  • Improved training for BFD medics, who will have the opportunity to train in the Emergency Department and learn from doctors and specialists at St. Joseph.  Dr. Buzzard will also provide in-field medical training to EMS crews.
  • BFD now has access to the latest evidence-based procedures, protocols and research at St. Joseph.  If a protocol change is needed, BFD can adapt simultaneously with the hospital.

Bryan Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

  • Bryan Fire Department continually analyzes to improve its ability to provide the highest level of patient care.
  • BFD operates four ALS ambulances every day, along with a paramedic supervisor, and every fire truck is staffed with at least one paramedic.
  • In 2011, BFD responded to 7,150 medical calls which is over 78% of all calls responded to by BFD.
  • In 2011, 5,707 transports were made and over 95% were taken to St. JosephRegionalHealthCenter in Bryan.

BFD has operated under medical direction from a Dallas-based doctor since 1995.  While EMS care has been very good, the ability to interact with the Medical Director was not possible due to his location.  BFD has been looking for a group of local physicians to partner with to bring the medical direction locally.

The medical director of an EMS agency is a physician who provides guidance, leadership, oversight and quality assurance for the practice of local paramedics and EMTs.  The medical director is generally responsible for the creation of protocols for treatment by paramedics and providing leadership to the group of physicians who assist with the provision of medical oversight. The medical director may also assist the EMS agency in extending its scope of practice.

About Dr. Buzzard

Dr. Aaron Buzzard has been a Board-Certified ER Physician for seven years, four of which have been with St. Joseph.  He spent 10 years in the Army and eight in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves.  During that time he served four combat tours in Iraq at a Level 1 Trauma Center and on-board fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.   He also has experience as a combat medic and EMT.

Dr. Buzzard and his family at the press conference.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from TexasA&MUniversity, Dr. Buzzard attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  He completed his residency at DarnallArmyHospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and received additional trauma training in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Detroit.

Along with the other physicians who see patients at St. Joseph ERs, Dr. Buzzard is directly employed by Emergency Services Partners (ESP).

Trauma Care Capabilities Expanding at St. Joseph

Currently, St. Joseph Regional is designated as the Lead Level 3 trauma hospital in our seven-county region.  Early next year, St. Joseph expects to receive a Level 2 designation.  At that time, St. Joseph Regional will be the only Level 2 Trauma Center between Waco and Houston.

With paramedics from the City of Bryan Fire Department, St. Joseph and St. Joseph AirMedical collaborating to provide life-saving, excellent care, it is these organizations’ and agencies’ shared goal that the result be a seamless experience for patients.

In 2011, St. Joseph treated:

  • 1,678 trauma patients
  • 461 acute heart attack patients
  • 486 stroke patients
  • 4,900 chest pain patients
  • 68,405 ER patients (55,601 in Bryan) (12,804 in College Station)

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July 19, 2012

Navigating Breast Cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis is often the climax to an agonizing set of days that started when a doctor found a lump.  Though the wait for the diagnosis may be over, the patient’s new reality can be overwhelmingly uncertain.

Aside from the body image worries a woman may have, she likely is wondering who will step in to juggle all of the responsibilities she typically does.  How will she pay for treatment?  If she has young children or grandchildren, who will watch them?  If she cares for an older relative, who will take her place? If she lives out of town, how will she get to treatment and will this new gas expense be a financial burden?  What about her job?

There are so many logistics and we haven’t even broached the myriad of treatment options.  A woman can easily feel like she’s standing at the foot of gigantic mountain, unsure how to climb.

That’s where Teri Sabo comes in.

A nurse for 27 years, 17 of which were spent helping cancer patients, Sabo is St. Joseph’s new Oncology Nurse Navigator.  She is the ski lift to help women climb the mountain.

Sabo likes to refer to herself as a concierge service, but another way to describe her might be a caring and informed girlfriend whom breast cancer patients can count on to help them through this bewildering time of information and emotions.Image

“There are walls that go up when you hear ‘You have cancer’,” said Sabo.”  “Someone may be in such a state of shock that she can’t remember all the information and everything the doctor said.  We can go over what the doctor told them and I can educate the patient and her family as well as prompt questions she might want to ask her doctor.”

With a primary doctor’s and patient’s permission, Sabo guides a patient through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process and among the many specialists appointments the patient is likely to encounter.

“We have so many services in one building, I try to walk them through the process and anticipate and help avoid any obstacles to their care,” said Sabo.  “Do they have insurance, do they understand how it works?  I want to help them get the most bang for their buck from their insurance.”

Located in the first office in the lobby of the cancer center, Sabo is easily accessible – in person, on the phone or by e-mail.  She hopes to take some of the stress and effort off the patient.

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