David Akinpelu, M.D. first handled a stethoscope at the tender age of 9 years and has known ever since that the practice of medicine was his dream career.
In a recent interview, the medical director of
Another notable event, he says, was joining Riverside Shore Memorial. Born in
Since he's been director of the ER, he says the increasingly high scores from patient satisfaction surveys tell him the
"We do not take this for granted, but recognize we must continue to improve the quality of care. That means building and maintaining a strong partnership with the local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) volunteers because quality care starts in the field."
"From the rapid treatment in the field through transport to the hospital in a timely manner, pre-hospital treatment plays a key role in determining the outcome of the emergency." The local
In the 10 months since he's been ER director, Riverside Shore Memorial has expanded a number of services and has greatly improved access of medical records through an electronic database. But the work doesn't stop there.
Akinpelu says construction of a new more comprehensive hospital in
"All emergency departments face challenges like how to get patients the care they need as quickly as possible – at RSMH the cohesive, collegial work environment allows us to focus on the patient and on improving on the challenges; there is a great 'can do' attitude at all levels of the organization that helps us to continually improve."
Akinpelu's uncle, a young pathologist in
Akinpelu says he fell in love with the
While the region may have a small-town flavor, the benefit of having a community hospital affiliated with
"We enjoy tremendous support from all of
Akinpelu recently celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary. His wife, Angela, a 2012 graduate of
Published: March 20, 2013