Robert Crane, MD, has been named medical director of the Mercy Hospital Watonga Emergency Department. Dr. Crane will oversee all operations of the emergency department, which provides essential medical care for all of Blaine County.
Dr. Crane, a native Oklahoman, received his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla., and completed his residency in emergency medicine at The University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla. He is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
“Our goal is to elevate the level of emergency care in this community,” said Jeff Reames, MD, regional director of emergency medicine. “Because of Dr. Crane’s abilities and emergency medicine residency training, we are confident he will successfully lead that effort.”
Since being named medical director Dr. Crane has worked diligently with three advanced practitioners in the emergency department to improve continuity of care for patients.
“As a residency-trained physician, I hope to bring a new perspective to co-workers here,” said Dr. Crane. “This is a small ED, but everyone works hard and truly cares about each other and our patients. My objective is to help standardize processes so patients receive the best possible care, and we’ll be more equipped to handle any emergency that might come through the door.”
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.