Having quality physicians in the emergency department of your hospital is not impossible. It takes a team of people constantly searching for the best physicians throughout the United States. It also takes constant hands on analysis to ensure each physician remains superb. Coverage should not be determined by getting the lowest cost physician with a license willing to walk in the door. This, too often, is unfortunately the case in hospitals across the U.S.
Imagine if your son or daughter were injured in an automobile accident and were rushed to the ED. Would you have total confidence that the doctor there would be knowledgeable enough to care for your child? Would the doctor be compassionate enough if he had to deliver bad news to you and your family?
This was the life lesson taught to me the hard way. I hope and pray that you do not have to learn this the way I did. On July 10, 1998, I had returned home from an ER shift in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The time was 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Our nanny was bringing our children home from summer camp. We waited at home, but our children did not come home. We soon found out the SUV in which they were traveling flipped less than a mile from my home and killed my son instantly, while my daughter received a skull fracture. As I entered the ED by ambulance with my daughter, I wondered who would be the doctor caring for her. As the doctor later approached me about the donation of my son's body, I felt a cold chill. The doctor-patient roles were reversed, and I was on the wrong end.
Today, my daughter has fully recovered and my son is in Heaven. However, I feel an awesome responsibility to ensure that quality healthcare be given wherever it is under my control. My previous job was with another physician staffing company serving as regional medical director, a liaison between hospital administrators and physicians. I have seen the frustration with arrogant doctors who appear to have no care and no compassion.
All too often I have seen problem physicians being shuffled from one hospital to the next; the closer to being fired they are the more willing they are to work for less money and harder shifts. The reality of this is frightening. Could these doctors be working on your family members? Could these doctors be working on my family members?
It is with this in mind that Correct Care was formed. With proceeds intended to fund my son's college education, this medical mission was begun. It is the intention and purpose of this company that every patient be treated as if they were the son or daughter of the doctor within the ER. Today, Correct Care provides our services and physicians to hospitals throughout the South covering hospitals in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Correct Care has brought physician staffing to a new standard. We hope that you won’t need emergency care, but if and when you do, we will be ready. We want to show Correct Care is not just a company. It’s a medical mission.
Dr. Eddie Dease
President / CEO