Methodist Olive Branch Emergency Room Off to a Busy Start, Staffed by Experienced Leaders

Published On 09/05/2013

Dr. Michael WashingtonWith the opening of the Methodist Olive Branch Hospital on August 26, each department at the hospital is busy. One of the busiest departments is the emergency room where Michael Washington, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP is medical director.

“Since we opened about a week and half ago, we have seen more than 600 patients in the emergency department,” said Dr. Washington. 

“My vision is that the team of physicians, AHPs, nurses and ancillary staff will form a cohesive and productive unit meeting the demands of our customers and the new challenges of our healthcare environment with quality, innovation, creativity, and operational efficiency,” said Dr. Washington.

Donna Adams, BSN, RN, will serve as the Emergency Department Clinical Services Director.

Donna Adams, BSN, RN“I am very excited to join Dr. Washington in creating an atmosphere of excellence in emergency medicine,” said Adams.  “We have successfully recruited an experienced group of ED professionals who are dedicated to providing the best in patient and family centered care.”

Dr. Washington has been an emergency medicine physician for 27 years, the last 22 of which have been spent at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis.  He was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., and after completing medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. and residency in Detroit at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Washington found his permanent home in Memphis. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by The American Board of Physician Specialties since 1998 and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  In preparation for the revolutionary changes in healthcare, Washington enrolled in graduate school in 2010, earning his MBA from Auburn University in May of 2012. 

Most recently, Dr. Washington was an attending emergency medicine physician at Methodist University Hospital in the Memphis Medical Center.  He currently serves on the Credentials Committee for Methodist Le Bonheur Hospitals of Memphis and the Senior Leadership Committee at Methodist University Hospital.  Dr. Washington is a member of the Board of Directors of Methodist Extended Care Hospital, The Tennessee College of Emergency Physicians and Lamplighter Montessori School in Cordova, TN.  He is a member of the Southern Medical Association and serves as a member of its Leadership and Professional Identity Committee, and is a member of the Family Life Committee and serves on the Advisory Board for St. George’s Independent School of Collierville, TN.

Dr. Washington’s goals include clinically and financially integrating the practice of emergency medicine into the landscape of change dictated by the Affordable Care Act.  He will carry out these goals through his continued involvement in the education of resident physicians and medical students, and through the implementation of operational changes that will allow emergency medicine to meet the changing needs of the greater Memphis and Methodist Hospital communities.

Adams graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis in 1984.  She has worked in various clinical roles at Methodist and other hospital systems including 16 years in the emergency department and a previous clinical services director of an emergency department.  She received her BSN from the University of North Alabama and is currently working on a master’s degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Memphis.