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It is a great honor to be selected as TCEP’s new Executive Director.

I think sometimes physicians forget the high esteem and respect their fellow citizens have for them. One of the most fulfilling parts of my new job at TCEP is to keep that regard and respect working for you. Texans understand that no state or community can thrive and prosper without access to quality and affordable health care. We need to cultivate and nurture that understanding. Through active participation, the power and influence of the emergency medical community can be unleashed to advocate for reforms that will significantly improve the health of all Texans.

In the few weeks since I joined the TCEP staff, I have become convinced that TCEP’s physician leadership is eager to begin a new journey to ensure the future of emergency medical care. This new journey is outlined by a clear and concise roadmap, or strategic plan (as found onour website), for our college and its members, with appropriate goals and strategies that will proactively address and advance TCEP’s mission to be a strong advocate for your patients and their care.

I am also convinced that TCEP will approach this journey in an inclusive, collaborative and physician-directed manner. This approach will provide opportunities for the entire emergency medical community and their patients to retake ownership of the access to the emergency medical care policy debate. I plan to work closely with individual physicians, ACEP, the Texas Medical Association, and other physician stakeholder organizations to energize this crucial and ongoing effort.

I congratulate my predecessor, Interim Executive Director Bruce Moskow, MD, FACEP, and Joyce Gibson for their stewardship of TCEP during the past several months. Thank you Bruce and Joyce, for your dedication and for easing my transition into this position.

We need a big vision and we need to empower individual physicians and their patients in Texas to stay engaged with the debate over policies critical to access to emergency care. I am convinced your TCEP leadership is ready to lead in this journey and I am proud to play a role in helping advance your causes into the future.

One of my favorite philosophers, former New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, once said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Over the next few years, we are at such a fork in the road with respect to emergency physicians and their practice over the next few years. We can sit back, complain and be reactive as change sweeps through the health care delivery system or we can choose to be proactive, get organized and engage in the robust debate coming.

Thank you for the opportunity to help TCEP empower emergency physicians and their patients to shape this debate for our great state. I pledge my support to strengthening your strong commitment to helping emergency physicians provide the best possible care to their patients.

Ken King
Executive Director

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