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Surgeon Joins Saint Francis Trauma Team

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Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to introduce Richard H. Roettger, MD, FACS, as a new medical partner and trauma surgeon at Cape Trauma Specialists. Roettger, who is board certified in general surgery, joins trauma surgeon Michael P. Heid, DO, MA, FACOS, at the Emergency and Trauma Center, the region’s only state-designated Level III Trauma Center.

“Dr. Roettger’s impressive background makes him a strong addition to our Emergency and Trauma Center team,” says Saint Francis President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Bjelich. “As the region’s only Level III Trauma Center, we remain committed to providing exceptional, life-saving care to those in our service area.”

Dr. Roettger earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La.; completed his surgical internship and residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; and his fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, Md. His vast experience includes serving as chief of trauma/emergency surgery service at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center; medical director of the surgical intensive care and burn units at University of Louisville Hospital; and administrative chief of general surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C. He has also earned many honors and held teaching positions at several medical colleges. Dr. Roettger and his wife, Sara Lynne, have two children.

The Emergency and Trauma Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is the region’s only state-designated Level III Trauma Center. Recently expanding in both physical size and the number of physicians, this state-of-the art facility offers 26 private treatment rooms, all with direct access to bathrooms, as well as three trauma rooms, two triage rooms and a special procedures room. Patients at the Emergency and Trauma Center have direct access to the Medical Center’s certified Chest Pain Center (for immediate response to patients having a heart attack) and the Medical Center’s accredited Stroke Center (for patients having a stroke-related emergency). Patients also have access to the Medical Center’s advanced medical technology, including a 64-slice CT scanner, the latest X-ray equipment and other new technology.