Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 11:30 pm
ESP to manage new emergency centers New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung staff Herald-Zeitung | 0 comments
NEW BRAUNFELS — Emergency Service Partners, L.P. (ESP), a physician-owned and physician-managed emergency medicine group, will provide medical management and staffing for two new hospital-based free-standing emergency departments opening later this year in New Braunfels and in northwest San Antonio.
“These facilities bring the hospital into the community,” said Dr. Dennis Watts, executive vice president for Austin-based ESP. “Free-standing emergency departments provide an easy way for people to get to the ER without going too far from their neighborhoods.”
The new emergency centers are owned by Christus Santa Rosa Health System, a not-for-profit, Catholic faith-based health system that operates a network of hospitals in the San Antonio area. ESP has provided complete medical management for the emergency department at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels since 2002.
A number of free-standing emergency departments have opened in Texas in recent years, as part of an effort to provide broad-based emergency services to communities that do not have easy access to hospital-based emergency care, Watts said.