Western Maine Health President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy A. Churchill recently announced that Dr. Rebecca Chagrasulis, an emergency physician at Stephens Memorial Hospital, has been appointed the Regional Medical Director to the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board for the Tri-County Region (Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties). Dr. Chagrasulis has served as a Physician Representative on the Maine Board of EMS for a number of years.
Dr. Chagrasulis has been practicing at Stephens Memorial Hospital since 1987, when she was part time; she became a full time practicing physician at the hospital in 2000. During her tenure at SMH she has served as the Medical Director of PACE Paramedic Service, monitoring pre-hospital care of patients, and she is currently the Director of the Emergency Department.
Maine Emergency Medical Services is served by six regions. The Tri-County Region serves Oxford, Androscoggin, and Franklin counties. The Regional EMS Medical Director plays several roles. She works at the state level with the other Regional Medical Directors, and the State EMS Medical Director, on the development of statewide EMS protocols. At the Regional and local level, the medical director provides education and training, and performance improvement oversight, for all ambulance services in the region. One example would be the statewide initiative for paramedics to perform 12-lead EKG's, while transporting cardiac patients to hospitals in an effort to provide early and advanced care to treat heart attacks. This is resulting in much quicker and improved care for cardiac patients.
Of her new position, Dr. Chagrasulis shares, "Because my whole career has been spent in Emergency Medicine, this is a nice transition and an interesting role. I have a real passion for
EMS work and being involved in protocols, training, and education for providers makes a lot of sense and is a logical place for an ER physician such as myself."
Dr. Chagrasulis earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her training at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Before coming full time to SMH she was the State EMS Medical Director from 1996 - 2000.