Midtown Medical's Pediatric Emergency Department lands medical director

Dr. Jennifer Frimpong takes reins of emergency unit

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 26, 2013 

The Pediatric Emergency Department at Midtown Medical Center (formerly The Medical Center) in Columbus has a medical director.

Dr. Jennifer Frimpong, who comes to Columbus from Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., where she was an attending physician, will oversee the Pediatric Emergency Department that opened in mid-June.

“I hope to lead us to do our best every day to provide the highest quality medical care to the children of Columbus,” she said in a statement from the Schumacher Group, a Lafayette, La.-based medical group that manages and staffs Midtown Medical Centers’ pediatric emergency unit and the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center.

Anne Holmes, spokeswoman for Columbus Regional Health, which owns and operates Midtown Medical Center, said it is common for hospitals to outsource management of such departments.

“It really is because those are typically folks who have focus and specialize in emergency care,” she said.

Schumacher Group, founded in 1994, works with more than 3,000 contracted health-care providers in 27 states, with more than 160 emergency medicine contracts, and serving roughly 4 million patients each year, according to its website. The company says it’s one of the largest and fastest-growing emergency and hospital medicine groups in the U.S.

Holmes said both Midtown Medical Center emergency departments have been busy through the second half of this year thus far. From July 1 through Nov. 23, the pediatric unit has handled 7,953 patient visits, while the emergency and trauma center has had 27,946 visits.

The $3 million Pediatric Emergency Department opened June 11 in 5,080 square feet of space near the larger emergency department. Aside from typical illnesses and injuries, it also has access to various specialists, including cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, radiology and opthalmology.

Columbus Regional Health also rebranded itself earlier this year. Aside from Midtown Medical Center, Doctors Hospital was changed to Doctors Specialty Hospital and Hughston Hospital became Northside Medical Center. The John B. Amos Cancer Center name was not altered. Holmes said it should be another five to six weeks before new signs replace the old ones at the Columbus Regional Health hospitals. The system is also having to change simpler items such as employee badges, business cards and stationary.

Aside from Holy Cross Hospital, Frimpong has served as attending physician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and clinical assistant professor at George Washington University, according to Schumacher Group.

She is a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Her residency was completed at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU in the pediatrics department at Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Va., while her fellowship was in pediatric emergency medicine with Emory University at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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