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ACEP Honors Journalists for Outstanding Coverage of Emergency Medicine Issues
May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016/ -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today honored journalists from USA Today, KevinMD and KRQE-TV in New Mexico for their outstanding reporting on emergency medicine issues.  ACEP recognized them during the organization’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. 

“These journalists have gone above and beyond to educate the public about important topics in emergency medicine including:  the mental health crisis, emergency department wait times and the value of emergency medicine,” said Dr. Jay Kaplan, president of ACEP.  “They have done outstanding jobs of researching the issues and putting them into perspective.  They portrayed the problems in ways the public can understand and conveyed the views of experts describing potential solutions.”

The following are ACEP’s 2016 Journalism of Excellence Award recipients:

Liz Szabo, reporter, USA Today
Dennis Kelly, editor, USA Today

Liz Szabo and Dennis Kelly received awards for their USA Today special series “The Cost of Not Caring: The Financial and Human Toll for Neglecting the Mentally Ill.”  The multiple-part series looks at several aspects of the mental health crisis, including a section on overwhelmed emergency departments entitled “Nowhere to Go.”  The piece takes a close look at the psychiatric boarding problem affecting emergency departments nationwide.

Dr. Kevin Pho, founder and editor,

Dr. Kevin Pho is being recognized by ACEP for his dedication to social media and for a series of fair and balanced blog articles over the past two years on emergency medicine issues including fair payment and balance billing, the effects of the Affordable Care Act on emergency departments and the value of emergency medicine.

Larry Barker, reporter, KRQE-TV
Mark Corey, producer, KRQE-TV
Ron Romero, editor, KRQE-TV

Larry Barker, Mark Corey and Ron Romero with KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico are being honored for their investigative report on emergency department wait times in their local area.  The team showed how many patients — in need of care — were actually leaving the emergency department before being seen because of the amount of time they had to wait.  They put light on a problem with no simple solution.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP   has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services   Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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