Our mission is to provide superior emergency medical care to our community. We constantly strive to administer life-saving care, diagnose illness, and alleviate suffering in a rapid, efficient, and cost-effective manner. We are committed to making our patients care experience as comfortable and positive as possible.
Tahoe Emergency Physicians (TEP) is a democratic, physician-owned group providing 24 hour Emergency care for our community. We staff the emergency departments of Barton Hospital and Carson Valley Medical Center. In the winter months we also staff ski clinics at Heavenly Mountain, Sierra at Tahoe, and Kirkwood ski resorts. TEP was founded in 1999 and many of the original members are still practicing today. Every physician working for TEP is board certified in Emergency Medicine. We take pride and ownership of our group and every member is involved in administrative or clinical projects. We continuously work to improve the medical care we provide and the health of our community. Additionally, we are vested members of this community. In addition to our clinical and administrative work we give educational lectures and volunteer our time for local events and charities.
What is Emergency Medicine?
Practicing Emergency Medicine means providing medical care around the clock for any possible injury or illness for anyone. Emergency Physicians are specialists in rapid diagnosis and treatment of any emergent condition.
In the 1960s there was a push for improved emergency care in the United States. As a result hospitals began providing 24 hour emergency services. These first emergency departments were staffed by a variety of specialists ranging from Family Physicians to Surgeons. However, given the broad range of problems that patients present to the emergency department (ED) for, the medical community recognized the need for doctors specializing in emergency medicine. Emergency Medicine became recognized as a medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1979.
As Emergency Medicine physicians we dedicate our time and energy to Emergency Department patients. We have completed rigorous training in caring for the most critical patients. Because we are ready for any emergency at any time, we are proficient in many different areas including:
- Environmental exposure
- Infectious Disease
- Internal Medicine
- Large scale disasters
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Respiratory Emergencies