Women’s History Month

The Sisterhood of the ER
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It takes a lot of work to realize a career as a physician.  It takes a village, a team, a shared vision.  It’s about knowing what you want to do, then doing it.  It is rare.

Now imagine you are a twin. Each of you has a medical degree.  And working, not only in the same field, but for the same organization.

Wow. That’s pretty rare, too!

We here at Frontline ER are very fortunate to have in our ranks two very talented doctors.  Dr. Mekeshia (Keshia) Fitzgerald and Dr. Meshann (Shann) Fitzgerald are two of our top-notch docs at our Richmond location.

“Our friends tell us that we are always together,” Keshia said.  “But never at work.”

The Doctors Fitzgerald started life in rural Mississippi.  Because of visionary parents, they grew up in a variety of places ranging from Georgia to California.  Each earned their medical degree (as well as undergraduate and advanced degrees) from different schools.

“Our mother felt we needed to aspire to something beyond a job at the local store,” Keshia said. “We learned to see past the immediate.”

Keshia earned her medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  Shann earned her MD from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Both are active in their community as volunteers.

Each got involved with medicine because of an intense interest in science and in wanting to help people. And their family is intensely important to them.

“We graduated from medical school on successive weekends in 2006,” Shann said.  “We celebrated with our parents and brother.  It was a most special time for us.”

At Frontline ER they have worked as attending physicians since 2017 at our Houston location. This location serves patients in Mission Bend, Richmond and Sugar Land.

“We are very proud of and grateful for the Doctors Fitzgerald,” Dr. Ethan Tran said.  Dr. Tran is Medical Director for all Frontline ER locations.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Imaging and Women’s History Month
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What do Women’s History Month and medical imaging have in common?

Marie Curie.

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize (actually two), Madam Curie was the champion of developing x-ray imaging as well as many cancer treatments. Because of her research and studies we have the modern x-ray machines in use daily around the world.

Here at Frontline ER, we are proud of our imaging capability and of Madam Curie’s legacy.  Our imaging capabilities include not only x-rays and radiological services, but CT scans (including low radiation) and ultrasounds (including fetal ultrasounds).  This capability allows us immediate results, so our physicians can diagnose and treat each patient more quickly.  Couple this with our comprehensive laboratory services and care is quick and thorough, 24/7/365.

Not only did Madam Curie work to develop the x-ray, she was also a pioneer in the treatment of battlefield injuries during World War I.  And you might call her the mother of mobile radiography, as she built truck-based x-ray units during the war.  In a way, she pioneered emergency field ER services.

Emergency medicine has long been a place where women health care professionals have not only served but excelled.  With women representing half of all medical school student bodies and almost half of all physicians, if you seek emergency care, chances are you will be treated by a woman.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*photo courtesy of Wikipedia