Emergency Department

About The Emergency Department

Otsego Memorial Hospital serves as a direct link to emergency health access for Otsego County and beyond. The Emergency Department (ED) registers approximately 13,000 patients per year, and the ED care team is dedicated to providing service excellence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Otsego Memorial Hospital is a State of Michigan designated Level IV Trauma Center and as the Medical Control Authority for Otsego County, works closely with local Emergency Medical Services to ensure optimal care.

The ED Medical Staff team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They are required to maintain certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). A variety of board certifications are held by the medical staff including Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine.

Nursing staff maintain Basic Life Saving (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), and Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC) certification. Several are Certified Emergency Nurses (CEN), a certification of specialty through the Emergency Nurses Association. The care team is completed with the inclusion of Emergency Department technicians, who along with the medical and nursing staff work in collaboration to meet the needs of patients, their families, and our community.

The 12-bed Emergency Department at OMH has specialty rooms to accommodate minor and major medical and trauma, OB/GYN, ENT and decontamination. During peak census hours, patients are greeted and assessed by a triage nurse to ensure patients are seen according to the severity of their injury or illness. The ED staff utilizes an electronic medical record and has access to 24-hour ancillary services such as radiology and laboratory.

Emergency Preparedness

Carrie Kovolski, RN, CEN
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Otsego Memorial Hospital has a thorough plan for preparing for disasters which affect the community or the hospital. The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is responsible for planning drills to test staff skill and response, as well as keeping staff informed of pertinent training opportunities.

Our Emergency Department Medical Staff

John Foltz, MD

Peter Handley, MD

ED Medical Director

Joy Williams, DO

Brittney Book, PA-C

Phil Shafer, PA-C