MEDS, one of the Midwest’s leading emergency department and hospitalist staffing and management firms, has named Richard Knight, RN, FNP-BC, as Assistant Director of Mid-Level Provider Services. In this new role, Knight will assist with recruiting, training, and retaining MEDS’ team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other mid-level providers. Knight will report to Susan Drabing, who was named Director of Mid-level Provider Services in 2011.
“At MEDS, our teams of skilled mid-level providers decrease wait times and increase patient satisfaction by caring for less acute cases in emergency departments and urgent care centers,” said Dr. Len Glover, president and chief medical officer of MEDS. “This allows our physicians to spend more time with patients who have serious conditions. We’re thrilled to have Rich and Susan working together to ensure an excellent environment for our growing mid-level provider team.”
Knight will work with Drabing to oversee MEDS’ mid-level practitioners at hospitals throughout Illinois, develop and implement regular training programs and CME courses, support recruiting efforts, and implement new programs to continually improve patient care and operational efficiencies at client hospitals and urgent care centers.
Knight has worked with MEDS as a nurse practitioner for the past five years. Prior to joining MEDS, he worked in the emergency department at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. “To me, MEDS is really a second family,” Knight said. “I’m excited to foster an environment where MEDS’ mid-level practitioners feel the same way.”