We recently spoke with Dr. Chris Acker, TeamHealth emergency medicine assistant facility medical director at Mercy in Council Bluffs, about his partner facility and the community he serves in Omaha.
Tell us about the facility you currently oversee.
Dr. Acker: CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center- Bergan Mercy is a tertiary care center located in Omaha, Nebraska, with an emergency department volume of 36,000 visits a year. The hospital staff consists of a unique combination of private and academic physicians and in the emergency department; we have medical students and off-service resident learners. Located in the center of Omaha, the hospital provides care to patients across the Omaha metro area and is one of two trauma centers in the city.
What do you enjoy most about your position as an assistant medical director at TeamHealth?
Dr. Acker: As an assistant facility medical director at Mercy in Council Bluffs, I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and colleges. The department provides a great mix of community and academic practice, and I enjoy having the opportunity for bedside teaching of residents and students while caring for patients in the community.
Tell us about the community you serve. What do you love most about it?
Dr. Acker: Omaha is known as one of the best places to live and raise a family. While it is not a known tourist destination, the city has more to offer than most visitors expect. Omaha is host to the College World Series, festivals, arts, farmer’s markets, and much more. Having lived in larger cities, I enjoy the low cost of living while still having easy access to wonderful restaurants and events.
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