Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75¢ | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified – Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : news : county/state news
October 1, 2020

7/31/2020 7:25:00 AM
Howard Young/Ascension Eagle River names medical director for emergency services

Heong P'ng, MD, is the newest medical director named to Ascension Wisconsin's leadership team in northern Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin announced earlier this week.

Dr. P'ng has been providing medical director leadership on an interim basis for Emergency Services at Howard Young Medical Center, part of Ascension, in Woodruff and Ascension Eagle River Hospital, since the fall of 2019, according to an Ascension press release.

His appointment becomes full-time on Aug. 1.

"Our goal is to ensure care continues to remain local," Dr. P'ng said. "In addition, when advanced care is needed, we continue to have timely access to air and ground transportation, as well as established relationships to facilitate smooth transition to other care facilities. The only dedicated helipad for medical transport next to our emergency room on the Howard Young Medical Center campus will continue to be utilized for emergency air transportation."

Dr. P'ng said he is "sensitive to the community's response" to the recently announced change in Spirit Air service.

"In my experience, the anticipated response time from Mosinee to the northern communities is about the same as the time it takes to diagnose and stabilize most patients in the emergency department prior to being ready to transfer," he said. "Patients who require access to specialties, such as cardiac, stroke and trauma services, will be seamlessly, safely and timely transferred to a higher level of care." Ascension Wisconsin has made significant investments in diagnostic technology and telehealth resources, the release notes.

"Early diagnosis of cardiac and stroke events assist in the determination of whether patients can be cared for locally or require transfer to a specialist," Dr P'ng explained.

In addition, telehealth enables Howard Young and Eagle River clinicians to access a network of statewide and national Ascension Medical Group specialists for consultations to determine when it is appropriate for transfer to an advanced level of care, the release states.

"The result of these investments in a helipad, staffing, technology and telehealth resources, timely response by Spirit and transport relationships, provides the best choice of care for a patient in the Northwoods," Dr. P'ng said.

"I am very pleased to have Dr. P'ng continue in his leadership role for our emergency departments in Woodruff and Eagle River," said Laurie Oungst, chief administrative officer, Howard Young Medical Center and Ascension Eagle River Hospital. "He is an experienced leader, who is committed to excellent patient care."

Dr. P'ng has been providing patient care in central and northern Wisconsin since 2005, when he was an original member of the medical staff of Ascension Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston.

There he served in leadership roles as medical director of both emergency services and Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport.

Regionally, Dr. P'ng has served as the emergency services medical director for Ascension Wisconsin's facilities in central and northern Wisconsin since 2013.

Prior to joining Ascension Wisconsin, Dr. P'ng served as director of operations for Southeastern Acute Care Specialists, an emergency services staffing company in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He also was medical director of occupational health and urgent care for Nash Health Care and associate medical director at Nash General Hospital. In addition, he co-founded HouseCall Physicians, providing services to homebound patients in the tri-city area in North Carolina. Prior to joining Southeastern Acute Care Specialists, P'ng served as president of Picton Clinic, a multispecialty clinic in Ontario, Canada.

A native of Malaysia, P'ng moved to Toronto, Canada in 1978.

Board certified in family practice and emergency medicine, he earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Subscription Login

Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'


Reader Poll

Poll Result

Do you support so-called red flag bills which would allow judges to seize people's firearms for up to a year if they pose a threat to themselves or others?



I don’t know enough about red flag bills to offer an opinion.

I have no opinion on this question.

Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions

The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2020 1up!

Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved