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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (NJ) Selects Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) to Staff Emergency Department


Rahway, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (RWJ Rahway), a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, has announced the selection of Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), one of the country’s premier emergency physician groups, to staff its Emergency Department.  EMA ( will begin staffing the Emergency Department on April 1, 2010.

“We selected Emergency Medical Associates because of their reputation for high quality patient care, extensive history of improving patient satisfaction and cutting-edge approach to reducing ED wait times and improving ED operations,” said Kirk C. Tice, President & CEO, RWJ Rahway.

“The Emergency Department is the front door to the hospital and for many patients their first experience with a hospital is through the ED.  We are excited and confident that we made the right decision in selecting EMA to staff our Emergency Department with board certified and board eligible emergency physicians.  We are also pleased to announce that Michael Bernstein, MD, MBA has been selected as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine,” continued Mr. Tice.

In EMA-staffed hospital emergency departments, they have been able to achieve patient satisfaction rankings greater than the 90th percentile, as measured by a national patient satisfaction survey. EMA providers saw close to one million patients at EMA-staffed client hospital emergency departments in 2009.

EMA, headquartered in New Jersey, has more than 32 years of experience in emergency department staffing and operations, with extensive expertise in adult and pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency department operations, physician-nurse collaboration, clinical information systems and academic research.  EMA physicians chair three emergency medicine Fellowships in the areas of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Ultrasound and an EMS Physician Fellowship (EMAMD1™), which trains emergency physicians to be physician directors of hospital-based EMS programs.  EMA physicians are involved in all major emergency medicine professional societies, many of whom are either board members or active in key committees.  For additional information on Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), please go to

Founded in 1917, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway is a 267-bed acute care facility serving primarily Union and Middlesex counties.  Specialized services include The Nicholas Quadrel Healthy Heart Center for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, the Wound Care Center, the Joint Replacement Center, and Care Connection, a long-term care unit (Kindred Hospital Rahway).  The hospital is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Healthy System and Network.

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