Jason W. Edsall, MD, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of Northern Hospital of Surry County, effective January 1, 2019. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Edsall will continue to work full-time as an attending physician in the Hospital’s busy Emergency Department and serve as Medical Director of Northern`s nationally certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. For the past 16 years, Dr. Edsall has held a number of leadership roles with Northern Hospital, including serving as its Chief of Staff in 2010 and 2018.
“Dr. Edsall is an outstanding clinical and administrative leader and has demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing patient-care protocols and programs that far exceed national quality standards said Chris A. Lumsden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Hospital of Surry County, in announcing the appointment.
“Dr. Edsall enjoys an excellent working relationship with physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff, and volunteers of Northern Hospital which will help advance our organization to greater levels of achievement in providing access to high-quality, safe care for all patients. In this new position, Dr. Edsall will serve NHSC and the regional medical community in a distinguished manner” added Lumsden.
As part-time Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Edsall will focus on quality and patient safety improvement initiatives, provide or facilitate educational programs to clinical personnel and the medical staff, help plan key clinical service lines, and serve as a liaison between community physicians and Northern Hospital. He will also serve as the Medical Director of Northern`s Advanced Primary Stroke program and actively participate in periodic accreditation and regulatory surveys.
“I am honored and privileged to serve as Chief Medical Officer of Northern Hospital,” said Dr. Edsall. “Under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Trustees and President/CEO Chris Lumsden, I am excited about working collaboratively and effectively with my colleagues to enhance the Hospital’s current patient-care programs and services, as well as create and implement new clinical and educational initiatives that help ensure the consistent delivery of quality, safe, and state-of-the-art care to the communities we serve.”
Dr. Edsall will also continue his leadership role as EMS Operational Medical Director for Patrick, Carroll, and Yadkin Counties. His longstanding and active interest and involvement with emergency medical systems has enhanced his professional knowledge and capabilities in emergency care. An ardent educator, he will remain as Medical Advisor for the EMT and Paramedic training program at the Forsyth Technical Community College, in Winston-Salem, NC.
After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, he then earned his medical degree from UNC in 2000. Dr. Edsall completed his internship and residency program in Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He is a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians (and the founding member of its North Carolina Chapter), and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Northern Hospital of Surry County, a 133-bed hospital, is an independently operated award winning facility with a number of outpatient service locations including physician specialists, pharmacy, and fitness center. Northern Medical Group is the hospital’s network of primary care and specialty providers delivering a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community. Northern Hospital is a certified Stroke Center of Excellence and is recognized for distinction in patient safety and medical excellence. Northern holds the designation of a Top 100 Great Community Hospital since 2016. The state-of-the art Surgery Center houses a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures including orthopedics, gynecology, gastroenterology, urological, surgeries of the eye, and other general surgeries. Founded in 1957, Northern Hospital is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serves the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring communities in southwest Virginia. For more information visit www.northernhospital.com