Dr. Ben Hecht from the Madison Emergency Physician Group serves as the Department Medical Director. Dr. Hecht went to medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Illinois, also in Chicago. Dr. Hecht also had the distinction of serving as Chief Resident during his residency. Dr. Hecht became board certified in emergency medicine in 2015 following the completion of his training.
Below is a brief explanation of this important position within our EMS Department.
Medical Direction is a system of physician-directed quality assurance that provides professional and public accountability for medical care provided in the pre-hospital setting. In an emergency medical services (EMS) system, medical direction provides the operational framework and authorization for EMTs and Paramedics to provide emergency treatment outside the hospital. Ultimate responsibility and authority for patient care remains with the physician, as EMTs and Paramedics work as an extension of the physician’s practice. Quality improvement is important and should be developed through clear delegation of authority and responsibility for the specific components of medical direction to appropriate individuals.