Christopher Raio, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAIUM is a dedicated physician leader and Chief Medical Officer of Progressive Emergency Physicians (PEP). Dr. Raio serves as Chief of Emergency Medicine for Catholic Health and Chairperson of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan University Hospital in West Islip, New York, a 537-bed, Level I trauma center. As a collaborative and results-oriented leader, Dr. Raio understands that a strong sense of friendship and support among team members enhances not only their well-being but also the overall effectiveness and productivity of the group. His commitment to cultivating a culture of camaraderie and connection within the PEP team promotes unity, collaboration, and mutual support leading to enhanced teamwork and exceptional patient care. Dr. Raio has been a visionary in the field of Emergency Medicine for his group with early adaptation of clinical decision and observation units in the emergency department. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped develop programs to help the community access care in an already stressed system. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of emergency ultrasound where he has advocated for its use to improve cost-effective patient care. Dr. Raio has been instrumental in implementing throughput innovations such as the introduction of emergency medical technicians to facilitate an expedited discharge process working in the ED as discharge navigators.
Q: When did you decide to become a physician?
Q: What is your favorite part about working with Progressive Emergency Physicians (PEP) and ECP?
Q: What do you find most challenging about your job?
Q: Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
Spending time with friends and family is definitely #1 on the list. I am also an avid sports fan and spend a lot of time coaching my two kids when I have the time.
Headquartered in Long Island, New York, PEP is an emergency medicine group with a unique ownership model that attracts clinicians seeking a culture of accountability and innovation necessary to meet the evolving demands and challenges facing emergency medicine today. Combining clinical, operational, and academic excellence, PEP delivers best-in-class care and economic performance. PEP’s democratic partnership-driven culture promotes alignment, accountability, and innovation. The group’s substantial academic experience includes management of a large Emergency Medicine residency program as well as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program and additional fellowships in Emergency Ultrasound, Observation Medicine, and Administration and Leadership. Currently, PEP staffs and manages seven hospital emergency departments, treating approximately 300,000 patients annually. The company also staffs and manages Observation Units in five of these client hospitals. PEP also operates fellowship programs for physician assistants and emergency department discharge programs staffed with EMTs. PEP offers a variety of additional programs to support emergency department and hospital throughput, quality metrics, and risk management.
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