Message from the Director

As the new director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the ECCC’s new website and to introduce myself to the emergency care community.

The ECCC was created because of the fundamental belief that a strong emergency care system is critical in order for us to be a nation prepared to respond in times of disaster or public health emergency. I hope to build on the ECCC’s previous work focused on strengthening the emergency care system by focusing our efforts in four domains described in our mission:

  1. Creation of a patient and community centered emergency care system;
  2. Integration of emergency care into the broader healthcare system;
  3. Ensuring the delivery of high quality emergency care
  4. Ensuring the emergency care system will be prepared to respond in times of disasters and public health emergencies

My training is in emergency medicine and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, and afterwards I completed a health policy research fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I spent the early part of my career in academics with a research portfolio focused on the design and delivery of emergency care. My initial focus was on trauma systems, but over time this bridged to include system design for any unplanned critical illness (stroke, cardiac arrest, sepsis, etc).

I am acutely aware of the fact that the strength of our emergency care system is dependent upon the dedication of the men and women who provide our healthcare safety net 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and I thank you for all that you do.

Brendan Carr, MD, MS
Emergency Care Coordination Center