Kent Hospital is pleased to announce that Peter Graves, MD, of West Greenwich, has been named chief of emergency medicine at Kent Hospital. Dr. Graves had been serving as interim chief of emergency medicine at Kent since March, 2012 and served as vice chief of Kent Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine from April 2011- April 2012.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Graves into his respective new role as chief of emergency medicine," said Sandra Coletta, president and CEO of Kent Hospital, COO, Care New England. "Dr. Graves has played a critical role in the evolution of our emergency department. I am confident he will use his skills and expertise to build upon the work that has already been done in making Kent's Emergency Department successful in improving both quality and patient experience."
"Dr. Graves is an extremely decisive, well-regarded clinician within our organization and has been a key member in transforming our emergency department for the betterment of our patients," said Michael Dacey, MD, chief clinical integration officer for Care New England. "He has been one of the leaders in driving enhanced collaboration in emergency medicine within the Care New England system and is highly respected for those efforts as well as for his clinical skills."
Dr. Graves has worked at Kent Hospital since 2003, when he joined the Kent Hospital Emergency Department as an emergency medicine staff physician following completion of his Emergency Medicine residency training at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Graves has also worked as an emergency medicine physician at several other Rhode Island hospitals including: Newport Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.
Dr. Graves is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and has served as the emergency medical services coordinator for Kent Hospital's emergency medicine residency program.
"I am honored to take on this position at Kent Hospital," said Dr. Graves. "In this role I am interested in building upon the already improved emergency department operations at Kent and I look forward to working with all levels of staff to continually produce the best possible environment for delivering exceptional patient care."
In addition to his role as a physician at Kent Hospital, Dr. Graves also serves as a physician on the RI-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, to provide medical assistance to victims of natural disasters, which included deployment to Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He has also served as medical director of the RI-1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, which provides care for team members deployed to regional and natural disasters.
Dr. Graves has played a critical role in the redesigned Emergency Department (ED) which sees close to 65,000 patients a year. This volume ranks Kent's ED among the top 10-percent nationally. In October 2011, Kent Hospital announced major initiatives in its emergency department establishing it at the time as the first and only hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion, while also publicly unveiling a new rapid assessment model for patients coming to the hospital's ED. The patient rapid assessment model has dramatically reduced waiting time and overall length of visit and has resulted in patient satisfaction scores that rank Kent's Emergency Department as one of the best performing in the nation, in the area of patient satisfaction and experience of care.