OSWEGO, NY – Jerry Emmons, MD, a native of Phoenix, has been named Oswego Hospital’s Medical Director for Emergency Services.
He began overseeing the hospital’s emergency department on Jan. 3.
“I am very much looking forward to this opportunity and to the new responsibilities it brings,” Dr. Emmons said. “My goals are to bring more quality emergency medical physicians to the area and provide care that is easily accessible to our community.”
Dr. Emmons completed his residency in emergency medicine in May at Upstate Medical University, where he also earned his medical degree.
While a resident at Upstate, he was the first recipient of the Resident Award for Excellence in EMS and was accepted into the SUNY Upstate Rural Medicine Education Program, for which Oswego Hospital serves as a partner healthcare facility.
The new medical director graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.
He was the valedictorian of his class at the John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.
While attending medical school he worked as an advanced Emergency Medical Technician.
Dr. Emmons is currently the medical director of Menter’s Ambulance Services, located in Fulton.
In addition, to his duties at Menter’s, he is the medical director of the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps.
He provides physician field response to both ambulance services.
Dr. Emmons initially became involved with local emergency medical services after volunteering with the Caughdenoy Volunteer Fire Department and soon became certified as an EMT.
He became actively involved as an EMT shortly before he entered medical school.
“I knew I wanted to be a physician all along and worked as an EMT part time during vacations from school,” he said.
While at medical school and through his EMT experiences, he decided to become an emergency medicine physician.
“I liked the idea of treating patients of all ages and socioeconomic status, particularly when they need care the most,” Dr. Emmons said.
Dr. Emmons arrives at Oswego Hospital with emergency department experience from several area hospitals including St. Joseph’s in Syracuse and Unity Hospital in Rochester.
Dr Emmons, and his wife, who is a teacher, have a young son.
In his spare time he enjoys downhill skiing, fishing and camping.
In December 2010, Oswego Hospital opened its new ER that features a comfortable waiting room, private treatment rooms, two trauma rooms that have the latest technology and a central cardiac system that allows staff to monitor the heart rhythms of up to 17 patients.