ESPA physicians sign deal to work for Wesley’s EMCare

08/26/2014 12:00 AM

08/26/2014 2:36 PM

What had been an ultimatum for Wesley Medical Center emergency room physicians has turned into a deal.

The Emergency Services Professional Association, a private physicians group that staffs Wesley’s emergency room, has signed a deal to work for Wesley’s staffing vendor, EMCare.

“We’re glad to continue providing the best of care at Wesley ER,” said Kent Potter, ESPA president and CEO. “We will continue providing care without interruption.”

The contract takes effect in September.

Earlier this summer, Wesley informed ESPA physicians that they had to become EMCare employees or lose their jobs at the hospital.

Physician Mark Mosley, Wesley emergency department medical director who has been with ESPA for about 20 years, had said the decision by Wesley would negatively affect patient care.

Mosley declined to comment this week. Potter wouldn’t discuss previous opposition to the move.

Nick Adams, Wesley’s vice president of marketing and public relations, said EMCare will lead to “more efficient care.”

“We should be able to see patients quicker,” he said.

Potter said, “We look forward to continuing to work with Wesley on decreased patient wait times and improving patient outcomes.”

Adams said EMCare will be able to help with recruiting more doctors.

“EMCare, this is what they do,” he said. “They are a national company. They’ve got recruitment resources.”

Adams said Wesley has a long history with ESPA.

“It was very, very important to all involved that we got to an agreement that let us keep … the expertise and experience of ESPA physicians here in Wichita and at Wesley,” he said.

“I think we got to a place with them, if they weren’t happy with (the contract), then they wouldn’t have done it.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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