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Howard Young/ Ascension Eagle River names medical director for emergency services

July 28, 2020

Ascension Wisconsin remains committed to providing emergency care and medical transport in the Northwoods. 

Heong P’ng, MD, is the newest medical director named to Ascension Wisconsin’s leadership team in northern Wisconsin.

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. 

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 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. “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. 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 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. 

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