Chicago’s Olympia Fields’ “Physician First” Emergency Care System

December 5, 2013

Currently a pre-med student at Chicago’s Loyola University, Raihan Sayeed has shadowed local physicians Dr. Zeba Shakir and Dr. Prem Rupani extensively at their clinical practices. Raihan Sayeed has also volunteered with the Al- Kareem Welfare Society in India, where he assisted physicians in providing medical screening services. Closer to home, Raihan Sayeed volunteers regularly at the ER of Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields. The hospital’s emergency services are open 24-7, with care available for a wide range of issues, from heart attacks to bone fractures.

One of the most innovative aspects of the Olympia Fields emergency department is its Physician First system. This unique protocol ensures that those emergency room patients visiting during the busiest hours (from 11 AM to 9 PM) gain expedited access to a board-certified emergency physician. Within a matter of minutes, patients are assisted by the doctor and a dedicated support team made up of highly trained technicians, nurses, and paramedics. This emphasis on handling new arrivals quickly ensures that patients receive a preliminary diagnosis for their injury or condition, and have tests ordered, shortly after entering the emergency room.

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