June 9, 2014

On January 1, 2014, Dr. Frantz Gibbs stepped down as the Medical Director for the Anderson Emergency Center (AEC) at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Gibbs served in this role for 7½ years during a time of great change including growth in patient visits, the transition to an electronic medical record, and many operational improvements.  He leaves a strong legacy of collaborative leadership.

Dr. David Portelli became the Medical Director of the RIH Anderson Emergency Center on January 1,2014.  Dr. Portelli brings a strong track record in quality and safety at the RIH AEC and The Miriam Hospital Emergency Department. He has also played a key role in the hospitals and statewide in the quality realm. 

On February 1, 2014, Dr. Eric Goldlust became Assistant Medical Director for the AEC and will work collaboratively with Dr. Portelli, Associate Director, Dr. James Monti, and ED nursing leadership.  Dr. Goldlust is responsible for optimizing emergency care and flow and AEC operations and will continue to chair the 5S Committee as a vehicle for process implementation and sustaining improvements. Dr. Goldlust will also provide oversight for the Department of EM’s midlevel provider group (MLP) who work in the AEC and The Miriam Hospital’s Emergency Department.

 Nathan Hudepohl, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, was named as new Director of Quality & Patient Safety for UEMF & The Department of Emergency Medicine, effective February 1, 2014. In Nate’s new role, he will oversee emergency care quality and patient safety programs and activities at all University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF) physician practice sites.  Since joining UEMF and Lifespan in 2010, Nate has completed his Six Sigma Green Belt certification and has served on the Patient Flow Committee at The Miriam Hospital and participated in OpX programs at Rhode Island Hospital.