Brandon C. Cambre, MD, has been named medical director of North Oaks Medical Center’s
Emergency Department (ED) with
John R. Krieg, MD, serving as Assistant Medical Director, effective Nov. 1.
Mark Haile, MD, in the position. Haile has been serving as interim medical director since
the untimely passing of 22-year medical director Jay Smith, MD, on July 21, 2016.
“In a time of great despair for our organization, Dr. Haile stepped up to
lead the ED and maintain the foundation that Dr. Smith built,” notes
Michele Sutton, president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health
System. “Our team is forever grateful to Dr. Haile for his contributions
in our time of need.” The ED was dedicated in memory of Smith on
June 30, 2017.
Sutton continues, “I have every confidence in Drs. Cambre and Krieg’s
ability to further our ED’s national reputation for high quality
and positive patient experiences when those we care for face the unexpected.
We are fortunate to have their leadership.”
Cambre, who is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and
joined the ED team in 2005, is no stranger to leadership roles. He has
been ED assistant medical director since November 2016. As such, he represented
the department on the Physician Informatics and Trauma Committees among
his other duties.
Cambre also has held leadership roles within the medical-staff-at-large
for North Oaks Medical Center, including: the Emergency Room Steering
Committee in 2009; and the Bylaws and Credentials Committee (2014 vice
chairman and 2015-2016 member). From January through October 2017, he
was ED vice chairman on the North Oaks Medical Center Medical Executive
Committee. With his ED medical directorship promotion effective Nov. 1,
he also assumed the role of Emergency Services department chairman for
the North Oaks Medical Center Medical Executive Committee.
On the state level, Cambre serves on the Regional Commission of the Louisiana
Emergency Response Network (LERN) for Region 9 as the representative for
hospitals with more than 100 beds.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University
(LSU) in Baton Rouge, Cambre obtained his medical degree from LSU in Shreveport.
He completed an internship and residency through the LSU emergency medicine
program at the former Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in Baton Rouge.
Krieg joined the North Oaks ED team in 2015 with five years of previous
experience working in the emergency medicine field for hospitals and urgent
care clinics across Southeast Louisiana.
An undergraduate of Nicholls State University, Krieg earned his medical
degree through the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed
an internship and residency through LSU’s emergency medicine program
at Charity Hospital, also in New Orleans. While interning in 2012, he
gave of his time as a recovery volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Before pursuing his medical degree, Krieg earned a master’s degree
in Physical Therapy through the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
Professionally, he belongs to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
and American College of Emergency Physicians.
The North Oaks Medical Center ED is one of the busiest and most experienced
in Louisiana with nearly 80,000 patient visits annually. Its median patient
wait times are shorter than national and state averages, according to
data collected for very high volume hospitals by the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. The ED operates 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year and is a cornerstone of the hospital’s
Primary Stroke Center and
Level II Trauma Center. With forty-six patient rooms and an expert team of specially trained
emergency medicine physicians and nurses, the ED is equipped to handle
everything from trauma and chest pain to eye injuries and medical problems
that require minimal testing and treatment.