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CMC Signs ER DOCS

By Mary Blyth Jones
Coalinga Press

Dr. Brar, CEO of Coalinga Medical Center, (formerly known as Coalinga Regional Medical Center), is proud to introduce Dr. David Smith and Dr. Paul Marchand to Coalinga. These two physicians have been contracted to manage the Emergency Room at Coalinga Medical Center which is still moving towards its reopening.
Both doctors speak Spanish and bring with them a team of about nine other ER physicians who will round out the team to provide 24 hour emergency service to the hospital.
“We want to faster than any other option in town,” said Smith. “We want to be known for our Covid safety.”
“We are re-engineering the flow through the emergency department to keep patients safe. We want them to feel confident coming here. Not only excellent medical care, but also not putting themselves at risk in coming here.”
“This ER,” continued Smith, “is going to eliminate the concept of a waiting room and have rapid screening protocols before they even enter the area. The ambulance bay will be equipped with an area for screening.”
If a patient is low risk, they will be evaluated right there. Standard tests and evaluation, will all occur in a safe place.
Dr. Smith explained that this is something that can be done in a facility that has already been closed and is totally uncontaminated.
“There is no contamination here at CMC,” he said. “We would like to keep it that way.”
Smith went on to discuss the nursing facilities associated with the hospital.
“We need to be hyper vigilant in keeping that (skilled nursing) facility uncontaminated. And those visiting or serving patients need to be carefully screened. We need to protect those patients with extreme diligence.
When asked about being in the valley, Smith smiled.
“I like practicing in the valley. In a larger city things are anonymous. But in a town this size we can get to know our patients.”
Smith will be bringing his group of nine other emergency physicians . Those doctors will rotate in and out of the facility, usually putting in a 24 hour shift.
Another new staff member is Chase Taylor, RN. Taylor studied at Murray State University in Kentucky and has been a nurse for 15 years. He moved to central California for a “change of scenery” which he claims to enjoy. He relocated to Clovis 13 years ago and is married with six children. The youngest is two, and the eldest is 19. Another new staff member is Chase Taylor, RN. Taylor studied at Murray State University in Kentucky and has been a nurse for 15 years. He moved to central California for a “change of scenery” which he claims to enjoy. He relocated to Clovis 13 years ago and is married with six children. The youngest is two, and the eldest is 19.
Note: Meeting one of our newly hired ER Physicians gave me an opportunity to ask him his opinion about Coronavirus and how a small town should deal with it. This is how he responded to my questions.
The general public has been poorly served by the thought leaders of our nation, putting out a confusing and conflicting set of directives.
This is a preventable and controllable disease. You don’t have to get this disease. You can prevent it and control it. But you must do the simple things that have been recommended.
You socially distance. You wash your hands. You cover with a mask in public. You be vigilant about those around you. And if you are exposed to individuals who are NOT being vigilant, they are putting you at risk.
The message needs to be crystal clear. And this needs to be emphasized again and again and again. Simple things will control this pandemic.
The public has been misled and confuse with a whole variety of witch craft type recommendations that bear resemblance to medical science whatsoever. We need to get the message out there again and again and again. You can control this and you can prevent this. And there’s no reason that you have to get sick. If people would just internalize those ideas, then we would turn the corner on this thing very quickly.
The person who walks into a crowded venue without a mask is a public health threat. They are putting the lives of others at risk. They are also risking their own life, but they’re definitely risking the lives of others.
Mary Blyth Jones
Coalinga Press, Editor/Publisher