Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s door opened in 2007 as a 110-bed Multi-Specialty community hospital. We are a newly acquired facet of the Emory Health Care System. The Emergency Department began with a staff of 6 Physicians and 2 Physician’s Assistants. The Associate Providers work 12 hour shifts and see all acuities in the Emergency Department. The strong working relationship between the physician staff and the associate providers has proved invaluable in the delivery of an excellent level of care to our patients. We have recently received the honor of being certified as a Chest Pain Center and a Stroke Center, which speaks of the strength of our commitment to our community and to provide state-of-the -art patient care.
The Associate Providers staff began with Michael Settle PA-C and Hank Heard, PA-C who have collective experience of over 60 years in various practice settings. The most recent addition is Lindsay Owen PA-C. She obtained her Masters Degree and her Physician Assistant training from South University in Savannah. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University graduating in 2006. She has worked in Family Medicine and Urgent Care over the past 5 years. Michael Settle has experience in Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics. He was also one of the founders of the Life Flight helicopter program at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in 1981. Michael graduated from Emory University Physician Assistant program in 1978. Hank Heard has experience in Neurology, Gastroenterology, Orthopaedics, Urgent care and Family Medicine. You also might address him as Colonel or Commander. He is in the Air National Guard and commander of the 187th Medical Squadron. His service took him on 2 deployments to the Middle East last year. He graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Medical College of Georgia in 1976, and has a master degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and Military History.
The department has expanded as our demand has grown. The Physician’s Assistant staff accounts for evaluating and treating 30% of patients that present to the Emergency Department. In 2010 the Associate Providers treated 6400 patients. Our staff always tries to put the patient first, in our evaluation time and treatment. As we approach 25,000 visits we look forward to growth in the department and in providing excellent patient care.
For more information please contact James “Mike” Settle, PA, Lead Associate Provider, Emory Johns Creek Hospital Emergency Department.