New Appointment Will Further the Mission of the Community-Based Emergency
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Anthony F. Lehman MD, MSPH, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced the appointment of Rhamin Ligon, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, to the role of Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network (MEMN).
Approved by MEMN’s Board of Directors, Dr. Ligon will assume her new position effective January 3, 2021, succeeding Laura Pimentel, MD, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine in the UMSOM. Dr Pimentel has served in that position since May 2018, and prior to that, was integrally involved in MEMN’s successful growth since 2007. Brian Browne, MD, currently Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, founded MEMN in 1988, and served as its first executive director until he was succeeded by Dr. Pimentel. In her new role, Dr. Ligon will provide day-to-day operational oversight and management of MEMN's statewide, community-based emergency medicine network.
“The vision of MEMN is to be the premier choice for outstanding emergency care,” says Dr. Lehman, who is also Chair of MEMN’s Board of Directors, and formerly the Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UMSOM. “MEMN’s fundamental mission is the extension of university-quality emergency medical care to the patients of our client hospital emergency departments. We accomplish this by the establishment and development of outstanding physician practices in our hospital communities. Our goals are strong collaborative relationships with hospital executives, outstanding clinical outcomes, commitment to resident education, and the enhancement of population health under Maryland’s Global Budget Revenue (GBR).”
Dr. Ligon has had a distinguished career as a clinicial leader and medical director in Emergency Medicine. After completing her MD at Howard University School of Medicine, and her post-graduate residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, she has served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor in UMSOM’s Department of Emergency Medicine from 1994 to the present. While in this faculty role, she also has served on the faculty as Clinical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Bon Secours Hospital from 1994-2004, as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Liberty Medical Center from 1998-1999, and as Chief of Service for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maryland General Hospital from 2004-2011. Since 2011, she has been Director of Quality and Risk Management for MEMN and, most recently as MEMN’s Corporate Compliance Officer. She is also an Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at UM Capital Region Health.
The Maryland Emergency Medicine Network, an affiliate of University of Maryland Faculty Practice, Inc. (FPI), was established in 1998 in response to the emergency services and management needs of community hospitals throughout the State of Maryland. Dr. Lehman leads the MEMN Board as its chair, supported by a diverse set of board members representing UMMS, MMCIP, FPI, and others.
Since its inception, the network has grown to serve five Maryland counties in eight emergency departments and continues to be sought after for its practical and efficient approach to the management of emergency medicine services across the State of Maryland. Through FPI, UMSOM physicians provide leadership in the emergency department and throughout the organization they serve, providing consistent, high-quality care to patients and reliable, knowledgeable resources to the medical staff.
“Dr. Ligon is an outstanding Emergency Medicine physician with excellent clinical and administrative skills. She is able to synthesize the complex issues and communicate them more simply and clearly to her patients and colleagues,” said Dr. Browne, who is also Physician in Chief for Statewide Emergency Medicine Services. “After serving as the director of several of our EDs, she has focused her attention on patient safety and quality as Director of our Risk Mitigation Program, which she created and that serves all of the EDs in MEMN and UMMS. Her commitment to patient safety and quality care, combined with her practical knowledge of all of our EDs in UMMS, makes her the perfect candidate to lead MEMN. I am very proud of her many accomplishments in her most distinguished career,” he added.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ligon, who has an extensive and distinguished career as an Emergency Medicine leader in our School, health system, and communities,” said William Tucker, MBA, CPA, Associate Dean for Practice Plan Affairs, and Chief Corporate Officer of UM Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI). “Her commitment to service excellence makes her an outstanding choice to succeed Dr. Pimentel, who has provided exemplary direction for MEMN since 2018. We are indebted to both for their service and leadership.”
Leaders of partner hospitals in the University of Maryland Medical System were highly complementary in response to Dr. Ligon’s appointment:
“Dr. Ligon has a reputation as being an attentive, compassionate, and driven physician leader,” said Nathaniel Richardson, Jr., MMHC, President & CEO of UM Capital Region Health, where Dr. Ligon has been an emergency physician at UM Laurel Medical Center for eight years. “She has been a valuable member of our team, and I extend congratulations on this well-deserved appointment.”
Ken Kozel, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health, said, “We at UM SRH welcome Dr. Ligon as the new Executive Director of MEMN, and thank Dr. Pimintel for her exemplary service since 2018. With four emergency departments treating over 85,000 patients per year, we rely on our strong partnership with MEMN and the leadership team to help ensure timely access to emergent care for residents on the shore. We look forward to our collective continued success under Dr. Ligon’s leadership and welcome her to the team.”
Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President/CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, added, "We look forward to the continued partnership with MEMN we have had here in Harford County since 2007, now under Dr. Ligon's leadership."
Dr. Ligon herself is enthusiastic about the possibilities of her position, in realizing the network's potential as a leading source for exceptional emergency medical care in Maryland.
"The foundational strength of our Emergency Medicine network is built on the outstanding work of our dedicated clinicians,” Dr. Ligon said. “I am pleased and excited to have been chosen to lead this dynamic and truly exceptional group. I look forward to building on this foundation of excellence and helping to move the organization forward."
Dean Reece, who is also Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, said, “I congratulate Dr. Ligon on her appointment. Her extensive involvement in emergency medicine at UMSOM, along with her strong management experience and ability, will continue to build on the long-term success of the MEMN, as so ably managed under the stellar leadership of Dr. Pimentel.”
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