With the recent hiring of Dr. Julius Krevans, Jr., M.D. as Medical Director of the Emergency Department, Mount Desert Island Hospital has added full-time physician leadership to its ER staff of physician assistants and nurses.
Dr. Krevans, who is Board certified in internal medicine, will work with emergency department staff, and in consultation with primary care providers to help ensure the quality and continuity of care for ER patients.
MDI Hospital already employs two Board certified Internists as Hospitalists, Dr. Mark Brown and Dr. Meryl Nass, who focus on the care of patients who have been admitted to the Hospitals’ inpatient units.
Dr. Krevans received his medical degree in 1981 from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Zion Hospital, University of California, San Francisco in 1984.
From 1984 to 2004, Dr. Krevans served as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at a 40-bed hospital in the southwest Alaska town of Bethel. Located in an area known as the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, the facility serves a mostly native tribal population of approximately 25,000, spread over a 70,000 square mile region.
In 2004, after 20 years commissioned service, Dr. Krevans retired from the Corps but continued, until recently, to work for the tribal organization that manages the hospital.
As an Internist and General Medical Officer, Dr. Krevans provided care in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department settings. He also coordinated patient care in consultation with primary care providers, and arranged patient referrals. In addition, Dr. Krevans supervised the work of Community Health Aids working in outlying villages, occasionally arranging and accompanying Medevac flights to some of the villages.
Dr. Krevans states that his professional experience in Alaska will complement his role at MDI Hospital. “While in Alaska, I worked in a very busy emergency department. I also gained experience setting up systems of care and protocols. My role here is not only to provide the best quality care, but to ensure the efficiency of care through good communication and coordination.”
Dr. Krevans’ connection to the MDI region runs deep. His family has been vacationing on the Island for years, and his father, Julius Krevans, M.D., is a Board member of the Hospital. “MDI Hospital has a really good staff,” said Dr. Krevans. “I’ve been interested in coming here since I started my career. It just took me 21 years to get here.”