Emergency Care Specialists - Behavioral Health Emergency MedicineThe behavioral Health Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a one-year non-ACGME accredited program. Applications for our Behavioral Health Emergency Medicine Fellowship are accepted on a rolling cadence for ABEM or AOBEM board-certified or board-eligible Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians.

EmPATH, Innovation in Emergency Behavioral Health

Fellows will have the opportunity to learn and practice in a care setting that supports optimal outcomes for BH emergencies and includes a collaborative interdisciplinary team.

EmPATH (Emergency Psychiatric Assessment Treatment & Healing) is an innovative model of care that takes a comprehensive approach to the acute treatment and stabilization of BH emergencies. The EmPATH unit is directly adjacent to the Butterworth Hospital ED and aims to improve ED throughput, patient outcomes, and significantly reduce the need for inpatient psychiatric admissions. The EmPATH unit is a part of a comprehensive Emergency Observation Service, in operation for over 14 years. Additionally, this servicehas an average census of 500-600 patient visits per month with an average length of stay less than 17 hours.

The fellow’s clinical shifts will be primarily scheduled at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Emergency Department and the EmPATH observation unit. Spectrum Health is a national leader in health care and has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson Health™. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is a tertiary referral center and includes a Level 1 Trauma Center with more than 110,000 emergency department patient visits annually. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Emergency Department and the EmPATH unit are owned and operated by Spectrum Health Hospitals which is not affiliated with ECS.

The fellow will gain valuable experience in many spheres of BH, including treatment and stabilization of acute psychiatric emergencies, substance use disorders, toxicology, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric therapies, quality improvement, program development and collaboration with community agencies. The fellow will have the opportunity to customize experiences based on learning objectives. The fellow will develop a unique skill-set that is in high demand and paramount to communities and healthcare systems with the focus on population health and transition to value-based care.

Interested Candidates Contact:

Phillip Stawski, MD, MBA, FACEP
Executive Director of Behavioral Health & Emergency Behavioral Health Fellowship Program Director

4100 Embassy Drive SE Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

P 616-988-8220
C 530-356-1486