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National Doctors Day is observed this coming Saturday and our work with Trinity Health Muskegon gives us a chance to meet and get to know some of the physicians that take care of us in ways that we might not otherwise get to know them.  Dr. Steven Van Rees is an Emergency Medicine Physician that began his career in Kinesiology.  What is Kinesiology to begin with and how do you find your way to the Emergency Room from there?  Say hello to Dr. Van Reese and learn more. 



If Dr. Van Rees looks familiar, it's probably from his coaching assistance at Beach Little League in Fruitport.  A boy dad times 3 (soon to be 4) his time is divided up between football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and baseball.  We have yet to hear what sports number 4 is planning on playing, but we're pretty sure there's nothing but time for this young and active family to add in just a little more.  

His work at Trinity was a lesson in leadership for him.  Dr. Van Rees began studying Kinesiology as he was interested in the dynamics of motion of the human body.  From there, the mechanics of how motion works is where the curiosity led him further in to medicine at the MSU College of Medicine and into Emergency Medicine Residency here in Muskegon.  From there, working as an attending physician within a year he was asked to become part of the faculty for the Residency Program and started as Chief Resident by helping improve medical student rotation and hopefully, enhance their education while on rotation.

His goal and passion as Medical Director of Emergency Department is to improve the flow of patients in the hospital and thereby help improve patient care; he is active in process improvement – improving patient care - initially in the ED and now throughout the hospital.  There is a lot that goes into the care of someone showing up with any kind of medical crisis they can imagine, and to work in symphony together is what the entire team of the Emergency Room through the hospital has to do.  It's been stressed locally and nationally by the lack of people in the pipeline for the medical field, and Trinity Health is striving to help that locally with the "Growing Our Own" program, stay tuned for more on that. 

We're very fortunate to be able to speak to the Medical Director for Trinity Health Muskegon and know he's just like us.  A friend and neighbor who's got the community and it's people in his best interest.  Caring, compassionate and thorough, we'd like to thank Dr. Van Rees for taking a few minutes today to share his story.

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