Article about Dr Peter Generelly
WNOTOtiCOUHTV Emergency room is open 24 hours a day "^^ . . . .1 . * _ : . , n i n nhueini a n . th "The doctor does not define the emergency. The patient does. We welcome anyone wlro feels they need to be treated for something, or who simply wants to have something looked at. The patient dictates what services we provide." That is the message that Delta Medical Center's ( D M C ) n e w emergency medicine (EM) physician, Dr. Peter Generelly, wants everyone to learn--no one should hesitate lo come to the emergency room if they feel a doctor should see them. "People don't bother us wtKjn they come in here at 5 a.m.," the young doctor explained. "An emergency is any unscheduled request for medical, surgical or psychological help. That is what we are here for." Unfortunately many persons will not come to the emergency room because they are worried their problems are not worthy of a doctor's attenlion, Generelly said. . The emergency room at DML is staffed at all hours with at least Iwo registered nurses, a physician, two licensed practical nurses, one x-rr.j lechnictan, one medical technician and a secretary. . If a patient who conies in has a regular private ian the emrgency TMm **" ^ caf " ,'Â£? doctor to i n f o r m him of t h e e m e r g e n c y . A n d c h a r emergency room patients are forwarded to the patient's regular physician after the visit. During a -IB-hour span last week, Generelly said, the emergency room treated several persons svlio had hurt themselves slipping on ice, two persons who had been stabbed, one person who accidentally shot himself, another person who had an adverse reaction to some medication and one person who dropped something on his But Generelly said another patient was a 5-dav old toy Â«1Â»se father brought him" in at 3 a.m. because the child appeared to have an upset stomach. "The infant was extremely liealthy, and we gave him something for a tummy ache. But it was very smart for the father to bring the child in, because it could have been something more serious. U was not foolish for him to come," Generelly said. That's the message. Do not hesitate to use the emergency room if you think something is wrong. Stoff photo by Lls*oMtnco1lre Ambulance picks up a patient for the emergency room Dr. Peter Generelly Emergencies are his business ByLlSSAMUSCATlMt: DO-T Stall Writer Dr. Peter Generelly came back to his hometown to begin work last week as one of the stale's few full-lime emergency medicine physicians. Generelly, who lived in Greenville before leaving to go to the University of Mississippi, is under contract with a California and Illinois-based group that has been in charge of running Delta Medical Center's (DMC) emergency room since Aug. 1,1976. Until that time DMC had physicians who worked rotating shifts in emergency, but 'none of them specialized in 'emergency medicine Â·(EM). : "!t is re.nlly a problem to have doctors in there who are ear specialists, for example, when patients come in with a heart problem or a broken leg," said Dr. Marshall Segal, an associate professor of EM at the University of Chicago Medical School and head ot the firm now managing the emergency room at DMC. The reason so many hospitals have to rely on staff physicians to work the emergency room is because EM is a very new field, Segal said. At present there are only 08 doctors in (lie c o u n t r y w h o h a v e c o m p l e t e d post-medical school residencies in EM, Dr. Peter Generelly and one of those is Generelly. In the past doctors assigned lo Â· e m e r g e n c y rooms were o f t e n "misfits" wiio did not gel along with their colleagues, according to the medical professor. But modern technology and a lack ot primary care physicians have made EM more attractive to persons entering the profession. Among the technological innovations that have made EM a specialty area for doctors rather than nurses are e x t r a - c a r d i a c m a s s a g e , cardio-pulmonary-resiscutlation (CHR) and shock treatment. "Now people can come by the hospital with a serious problem and be treated," Segal said. "We just didn't know how to start a heart 20 years ago, but now we know things that a physician can do, though a nurse might not be able to." But, according to Segal, one of the most important advantages of having an EM physician at the hospital is having someone who is genuinely interested in being in the emergency room. "We like what we do," he said. "The problem with physicians who are rotated in and out of emergency rooms is that often they are not really interested in EM.'.' Generelly,.who majored in biology at Ole Miss, specialized in surgery during his three years at University Medical Center in Jackson He also spent one year as a surgery intern at the University of Virginia Medical School, but be was never fully satisfied that he wanted to devote his life to surgery. "I fell hot and cold about surgery the whole time I was doing it," he said last week. "1 wanted something with a 'more regular schedule. I could have gone into radiology or pathology, but neitlier have those provide enough patient contact." The 33-year-old doctor did his EM training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, before coming to UMC. And he finds that he enjoys the variety of his new job. "It is somewhat comparable to general practice, and you really see a bit of everything,"he said. Segal said his firm plans lo get four or five more EM physicians ^ for the emergency room at DMC. "A good group attracts others," he said looking optimistically lo the future. DMC has been criticized in Hie past for contracting outside help to run the emergency room, but Segal insists that it is very hard for small hospitals to administer programs in such a new field. "It is very difficult to attract full-time groups that don't have contacts with other hospitals," he explained. "11 really takes the pressure off the hospital to have an outside group staff and administer operations." Mid-Delta Two charged in peignoir theft Two men were released Saturday when they posted 52,500 bond apiece after they were charged in connection with the Friday afternoon theft of J800 worth of peignoirs from McHae's Department Store in Greenville. Sunflower County sheriff's deputies arrested the two men-wiio were dressed like women--near Indianola an hour after Hie theft was reported to Greenville police. According to Police Chief Robert Skinner, a McRae's employe left the store shortly after Â·! p.m. and saw "what lie thought was two women loading some clothing into the trunk of a late-model Cadillac parked in tlie tire lane next to the building. The employe relumed lo the store and learned 2o peignoir sets--women's nightwear--had been stolen. He called police and gave them a description of the vehicle. The description was broadcast to area ixilice, and at 5:15 p.m. Sunflower County authorities stopped a car fitting that description. Inside they found two men dressed like women. In the trunk the officers found the purloined P Tlie 0 lwo men were returned to Greenville authorities who charged them with grand larceny. Charged were Henry Lee Harris, 23, of 320 Mill St., Indianola, and Thomas Butler, 2f, of 504 Broad St., Jackson. South Carolinian killed in mishap A South Carolina man was killed Friday night when struck by a car on US B2 East just outside the Greenville cily limits. The victim Charles W. Blackwell, 51, of Cloverville, S.C., apparently was hit by the car as he tried to cross the highway. , n uf\ -, Blackwell was laken by ambulance lo Delta Medical Center (DM4,1 at approximately 11:20 p.m. A spokesman from the Washington County Ambulance Service said Blackwell was alive upon arrival at the hospital The vehicle that hit Blackwell was driven by Luther Henry Oakes, ot Moorhead, according to a spokesman at the highway patrol. Slate Ex-inmate held for rape COLUMBIA (UPI)--Marion County authorities were holding a newly-released Mississippi State Penitentiary inmate Friday on charges stemming from Ihe rape of a 7-year-old girl. A spokesman for the sheriffs office said Jimmy Wayne Harrell, 26, was charged with rape in connection with the assault of the young girl Thursday at a Columbia home wlwre dhe was being kept by a babysitter. The youngster, wlw apparently had been left alone in the house with Harrell, was not injured. Â· Officials said Harrell was released from Ihe state penitentiary shortly before Christmas on a work-release order as state penal authorities worked to meet a Jan. 1 federal court deadline for reducing the inmate population at Parchman. Harrell had been serving a thice-year term for burglary.