The Medical Director of Emergency Services at Ministry Health Care’s Good Samaritan Health Center has been named Medical Director of Lincoln County’s Merrill area EMS services.

In her role, Robyn Schertz, M.D., will provide medical direction and leadership for EMS providers from the Merrill Fire Department and volunteer first responders from the towns of Russell, Corning and Pine River.

According to the state of Wisconsin EMS services, the three main functions of an EMS medical director are to ensure that field personnel have immediately available expert direction for emergency care; to ensure continuing high-quality field performance and to provide the means for monitoring the quality of field performance and medical direction itself.

“I look forward to continuing Good Samaritan’s well established relationship with Lincoln County’s EMS providers,” said Schertz. “Area residents are very fortunate to have the high level of care provided by these departments and we will work together to retain their trust in our services.”

EMS services from the Merrill Fire Department cover 560 square miles with 13 EMT-paramedics, serving approximately 20,000 residents. They are also actively involved in teaching first aid and CPR along with relaying other safety information to the community.

“Dr. Schertz will be a great asset to our EMS team and we are looking forward to working with her,” said Merrill Fire Chief Bob Odegard. “We would also like to thank our outgoing medical director Dr. Steven Dahm who did a great job in leading us to higher levels of service with valuable leadership and support.”

Schertz joined the Good Samaritan medical staff in June of 2007 and earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. She completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Good Samaritan Health Center's Emergency Department is staffed twenty-four hours a day with physicians and nurses specially trained to handle major trauma emergencies. X-ray and laboratory services are available for immediate diagnosis. Critical care situations such as cardiac arrest, stroke, fractures, burns, lacerations, and others are met with only the highest standards of care.

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