McCready Health Welcomes ED Medical Director Geraldine Goertzen, MD
McCready Health is pleased to announce Geraldine Goertzen, MD, of Salisbury, Md., has been named the new Medical Director of the Emergency Department. A familiar face to patients and coworkers alike, Dr. Goertzen has worked for years as an emergency physician at McCready Memorial Hospital, and she brings more than 25 years of experience to this new leadership role. As former president and co-owner of Chesapeake Medical Solutions, she served as Medical Director and Urgent Care Physician for that company’s area urgent care centers, called Your Doc’s In. She has also practiced emergency medicine at many regional hospitals, including Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Delaware as well as Dorchester and Easton Memorial Hospitals, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Atlantic General Hospital, all in Maryland.
Since her promotion in October, Dr. Goertzen has been busily seeing patients while also organizing staffing, including recruiting new physicians, creating new protocols and procedures for the department, and revitalizing the Emergency Department with fresh paint and other attractive features.
“I always loved it here at McCready – it’s a jewel in a small town atmosphere, where we have an excellent medical staff that has trained in the most prestigious medical schools,” she said. “And, any patient presenting to our ER will always see a physician, which is not always the case in other emergency rooms or urgent care centers in the area that are staffed by physician assistants or nurse practitioners. That’s just one reason McCready is vital to the community.”
While in medical school, Dr. Goertzen decided to complete her rotation in the emergency room last, after all other rotations, because she wanted to bring a strong knowledge base to this important specialty.
“I just fell in love with it – the challenge of figuring out what’s wrong with the patient,” she said.
Also during medical school in Minnesota, she and her husband researched areas around the country where they would like to live following her graduation. They wanted to be around the water, near a city but not directly in the city, and in a safe environment. After learning about the Eastern Shore and visiting the area, they found their home.
Dr. Goertzen is licensed in Maryland, Delaware, Minnesota and Virginia. Board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Goertzen completed her internship and residency in emergency medicine at LAC-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., the country’s busiest trauma center, where physicians routinely treat 1,000 emergency patients a day.
She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard-Radcliffe University in Cambridge, Mass. She is a Certified Intradermal Cosmetics Specialist through the Institute of Micropigmentation, Certified in Aesthetic Skin Procedures through the Aesthetic Institute, and is both a Certified Laboratory Director and Certified DOT Examiner.
In her down time, she has been known to entertain the residents of McCready Health’s Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home and Chesapeake Cove Assisted Living facilities with her harp. A musician since her youth, Dr. Goertzen was playing 10 instruments by the time she graduated high school, and has played in area bands such as the Couch Potatoes.
Dr. Goertzen’s husband, a landscape architect, also owns and operates In The Zone Baseball Academy in Fruitland, and for years now the family has hosted several Shorebirds players, including Trey Mancini, during the season.
“It’s great to see these young athletes chasing their dreams – it’s very rewarding,” she said.
The Goertzens have been able to watch their own children chase their athletic dreams as well – her son currently plays baseball for Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., and her daughter plays softball for Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
McCready Health’s Emergency Department, located at McCready Memorial Hospital, 201 Hall Highway in Crisfield, Md., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, please visit mccreadyhealth.org/services/emergency.