Dr. Edwin Heidelberger
SPRINGVILLE — Dr. Edwin Heidelberger has been appointed vice president of medical affairs of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. As VPMA, Heidelberger will act as a liaison between the medical staff, administration and the hospital’s board of directors.
One of his primary responsibilities will be to coordinate clinical activities and resources of the hospital, in order to enhance efficiency in delivering healthcare, while emphasizing patient safety. He will also contribute to the hospital’s emergency preparedness activities. As a first step toward this goal, Heidelberger will serve as the physician chair of the Quality Initiative Multidisciplinary Committee.
“This committee will focus on all clinical aspects that make up our services, including the emergency department and the hospitalist program,” said Heidelberger.
In December 2013, Heidelberger joined the BCH medical staff. Heidelberger has been a resident of the Springville community for almost 20 years and said he is very excited about being back in the area to see former and new patients at the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center.
Heidelberger obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, concurrent with a Ph.D. in physiology. After completing a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he became board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.
The doctor will give updates at monthly meetings, with regard to quality and patient satisfaction. “I am very enthusiastic about being involved in the quality assurance program at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital,” added Heidelberger.
He will work closely with Dr. Robbin Hansen, president of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s medical staff. Hansen is a board-certified pediatrician and part of Springville Pediatrics and has been on the medical staff of BCH since 1987.
“Since Dr. Heidelberger was appointed VPMA, we have seen a positive impact in the overall quality of the care we deliver,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of BCH.