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Published on April 24, 2018

Gundersen physician holds area's only EMS board certification

Chris Eberlein, MD

Chris Eberlein, MD

Gundersen Health System's Chris Eberlein, MD, Emergency Medicine, recently achieved Emergency Medical Services (EMS) subspecialty Board Certification—the first and only physician in our region to obtain this advanced training and board certification.

Dr. Eberlein's EMS subspecialty training focuses on prehospital emergency patient care including initial patient stabilization, treatment and transport to hospitals in specially-equipped ambulances and/or helicopters. It also encompasses expertise in mass casualty, weapons of mass destruction and incident command systems.

This makes our region's prehospital system one of a select few nationwide with an EMS-certified physician serving as medical director. This elevates our prehospital system and puts Gundersen in a unique position to offer enhanced services and targeted knowledge to various entities throughout our community.

According to the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), "EMS subspecialty certification standardizes physician training and qualifications for EMS practice, improves patient safety and enhances emergency medical care in the prehospital environment. It also further integrates prehospital treatment into the continuum of care."

Dr. Eberlein is among only a couple dozen physicians in Wisconsin with this certification. This is a testament to Dr. Eberlein's dedication to Emergency Medicine and his drive to provide our area's pre-hospital EMS system with additional and more formal expertise.

"If you are someone in your healthcare organization is a medical director for a prehospital ambulance service and has held that position for at least five continuous years, you may be eligible to go after this subspecialty board certification," says Dr. Eberlein. "I'd be happy to field any questions you may have."

He adds, "The importance of pursuing this certification is that is allows further education and knowledge that will help you to better serve your ambulance service, your staff and ultimately your patients."

Dr. Eberlein has been an EM physician at Gundersen Health System for 12 years and is also board certified in Emergency Medicine (EM). He is also the medical director for Tri-State Ambulance and Tri-State Regional Ambulance as well as serving more than 50 first responder agencies in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

If you have questions for Dr. Eberlein, you can contact him through MedLink at (800) 336-5465 or in La Crosse at 775-5465.

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