2015 Nominees Section
Position: Emergency Medicine
Organization: St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
Dr. Melissa Rudolph provides patient care in the Emergency Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. St. Joseph Hospital’s emergency department often sees more than 100,000 patients per year and serves one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation.
The fast pace of emergency medicine spurs Dr. Rudolph to literally think on her feet understanding both the needs of her patients and the needs of the hospital from a regulatory standpoint. Her documentation accurately reflects how sick her patients are and the clinical care provided while meeting these regulatory requirements. She expertly uses the resources available to her to diagnose, treat, and effectively communicate treatment plans to her patients in terms they can understand.
Why should this person be nominated
Elderly patient from many different cultures experience Dr. Rudolph’s kindheartedness when she sits at the bedside, holding the patient’s hand while explaining their illness. Sometimes these patients are at end of life and this difficult conversation takes place with Dr. Rudolph compassionately communicating a grim prognosis and the options and resources available to patients and families. The calm under pressure Dr. Rudolph exhibits makes her a favorite of staff and patients.
When physicians are recruited to committees to improve patient outcomes for those requiring emergent treatment, Dr. Rudolph is one of the first to volunteer, often on her day off. Her insight and ability to concisely articulate ideas and observations make her a valuable committee member.
In closing, Dr. Melissa Rudolph is small but mighty and truly is a hero to elderly patients requiring emergency medical treatment.