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  • Dr. Ted Walkley, right, accepts the Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Washington Chapter.

    Dr. Ted Walkley, right, accepts the Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Washington Chapter.

    Mary Bridge's Dr. Ted Walkley receives emergency physician award

    Ted Walkley, MD, FAAP, FACEP, received the prestigious Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Washington Chapter.

    Dr. Walkley, who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, is a physician in the Emergency Department at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma, Wash. He first joined Mary Bridge in 1987.

    “Your lifetime contribution to Emergency Medicine in Washington has defined both the specialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the role of leadership at all levels,” said Dr. Stephen Anderson, Immediate Past President of WA/ACEP. “With the attitude that education drives improvement, you have taught us that children need not be feared, but are unique. From early leadership of our college, the EMS system, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, you as much as any physician in Washington have devoted a life to improving the lives of patients and doctors. You embody the standard we should all strive to achieve.”

    The Nancy Auer Meritorious Award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond the norm in emergency medicine to improve the quality of patient care and support the efforts of the chapter. Dr. Auer, for whom this award was named, was chapter president and went on to become WSMA president as well as National ACEP president.

    “The birth of Mary Bridge Emergency Department coincided with the birth of Pediatric Emergency Medicine as a specialty,” Dr. Walkley said. “Dr. Auer welcomed us into the house of emergency medicine. She was a mentor who got me active in local, regional and national Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Trauma.”

    In a letter to MultiCare Health System President and CEO Diane Cecchettini, RN, Dr. Walkley wrote:

    “No award is ever individual. No award can possibly acknowledge the number of people who really deserve recognition. I am sending this to you as a thank you. Your leadership back then and now, along with Dr. Coombs and Karen Lynch, gave us the freedom and encouragement to build something bigger and better than we ever envisioned. It was a huge gamble, one that has come full circle in the kind words of this award.”

    Dr. Walkley said two things were an integral part of the success of the Mary Bridge Emergency Department.

    “I would love to say that we understood how important these actions were at the time,” Dr. Walkley said.

    The first was involvement in the local and national American College of Emergency Physicians.

    “The partnership we forged with WA/ACEP and Mary Bridge and MultiCare allowed us to develop and present our own Advanced Pediatric Life Support course,” Dr. Walkley said. “The combination of teaching and the relationships we built with referring ED’s still serve us well.”

    The second was Trauma.

    “Our designation as a Level II Trauma Center and building the helipad both improved care at Mary Bridge and cemented our role as a legitimate tertiary care children’s hospital,” Dr. Walkley said. “More than that, it was our involvement in helping start the trauma system, and the role I, along with other volunteers, played in the state committees and TAC’s that gave us validity.”

    Washington ACEP represents more than 700 emergency medicine physicians and is a chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a national medical specialty society. WA/ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education.

    Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Trophy Case