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Mercy Hospital Logan County recruits ER docs

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GUTHRIE, Okla. – In the emergency department, seconds count. That’s why Mercy Hospital Logan County has recruited three physicians with a combined 65 years of medical experience – 61 years focused on emergency care.

“We’re raising the bar in our quality of care,” said Josh Tucker, Mercy Hospital Logan County administrator. “We’re passionate about caring for Logan County. We’re proud of our work and we want to be the best, because that’s what our community deserves. The new physicians, Drs. Worden, Gregory and Means are going to help us set and maintain a higher standard.”

The three physicians bring vast emergency experience, and a passion for caring for patients and families in critical situations.

Dr. Bill Worden is one of the physicians joining Mercy Hospital Logan County’s emergency department this month. He’ll see patients who need emergency care and will serve the department as medical director.

“Since my senior year of high school, I’ve been working in emergency medicine,” said Worden. “I started as an emergency medical technician, riding in an ambulance and have since seen all sides of emergency care, from dispatch to medical director. I’m thrilled to be back in Logan County. Caring for people when they need it most – when they’re not sure where to go or what to do – is a privilege and a responsibility we take seriously.”

Worden, a Crescent resident for nearly twenty years, has worked in a variety of medical roles since graduating from high school, including working as a lab technologist, a phlebotomist, an ICU monitor technologist and a practice manager. He earned his bachelor’s in biology and chemistry and master’s in education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Since earning his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Oklahoma State University, he completed his residency – and served as chief resident – at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. He also serves as the team physician for Crescent Public Schools.

“Practicing emergency medicine, I rely a lot on my intuition, which comes with experience,” said Dr. Mark Gregory, who joins Worden at Mercy Hospital Logan County this month. “When you’re faced with life-or-death decisions, experience brings clarity and that clarity lets you see each situation uniquely, allowing you to make the best decision for that individual patient. I know Logan County is depending on me, and I’m honored to accept that responsibility.”

Gregory, a Crescent High School graduate, has 23 years of experience in emergency medicine, mostly in rural hospitals in Purcell, Idabel, Enid, Woodward and Poteau among others. He earned his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency there. He previously served as emergency medicine medical director at Ponca City Medical Center and most recently was a full-time emergency medicine staff physician there.

As a Crescent High School junior and senior, Gregory worked at Mercy Hospital Logan County, then Logan Medical Center, as an orderly then as a respiratory tech.

“Logan Medical is where I started my career,” said Gregory. “I would be so pleased if Mercy Hospital Logan County was where I finished it.”

Dr. Diane Means is also joining the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Logan County. She brings 18 years of medical experience, 14 of those spent in emergency departments across the state. She is board certified in emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) – a national association of nearly 30,000 members. She is a board member of Oklahoma ACEP. She earned her medical degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency in emergency medicine at The University of Florida Shands of Jacksonville.

“When you find yourself in the emergency room, the last thing you want to question is whether you’re getting the best care possible,” said Means. “With this team of physicians and Mercy’s reputation for signature service, Logan County can rest easy they’re in more than capable hands.”

Mercy co-workers receive training and complete online courses to ensure they’re providing the signature service research reveals will help patients best cope and recover. The courses cover things like communicating effectively and ensuring patient safety.

The doctors joined Mercy Hospital Logan County – named one of the country’s best 100 critical access hospitals – Nov. 1, 2012.

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