• Rome Memorial Hospital welcomes Mark Emerick, MD as medical director of the hospital’s permanent hospitalist team. Dr. Emerick is a member of Saint Joseph’s Healthcare Hospitalist team, and will be responsible for administration of hospitalists in Rome as well as providing direct patient care.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Emerick as medical director of the RMH Hospitalist Program,” said Durinda Durr, MS, RN, vice president of clinical services. “We are confident that he will assist with achieving our goals as we embark towards a transition of care model in support of population health management.”


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    Dr. Mark Emerick 

    A graduate of the Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, Dr. Emerick served his residency in internal medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. He received his bachelor of science in biochemistry from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Emerick comes to Rome with more than 12 years of experience in hospital based medicine.

    “As director of the hospitalists, I hope to establish a highly-functioning hospitalist program which is both successful and adaptable to the dynamic environment of healthcare delivery in the modern age,” Dr. Emerick said. “In addition to caring for patients myself, I would like to recruit and retain a permanent group of hospitalists to deliver the highest possible quality of care to our patients.”

    “I would also like to focus on helping the hospital work and run efficiently as a system,” he continued. “Part of my job will be coordination between different partners to ensure that care is coordinated, timely and safe.”

    Hospitalists are available to patients 24-hours a day, seven days a week, which relieves the burden of primary care physicians having to be called into the hospital in the middle of the night. While hospitalists provide acute care to patients while they are in the hospital, Dr. Emerick explains that hospitalists play a key role in the healthcare spectrum, even after the patient has returned home. “As a hospitalist, the first goal is to provide excellent care to Rome Memorial Hospital’s patients, but that is only part of the job,” he said. “Our work continues long after the patient has returned home as we communicate with primary care physicians and help to arrange care plans going forward.”

    Originally trained as a biochemist, Dr. Emerick explains that the direct patient contact that is afforded to him as a hospitalist guided his career choice. “I have always been fascinated by the human body and the way it functions,” he explained. “I moved to a career in medicine because I am a people person and being in a lab wouldn’t allow me to have the kind of one on one relationships that hospitalists get to build with their patients.”

    Originally from Michigan, Dr. Emerick is no stranger to central New York’s weather. “I enjoy the change of seasons and having a wide array of entertainment choices,” he said. “I love the access we have to nature, lakes and outdoor activities.”