PEP was founded in 1972, and currently provides physician and physician assistant staffing at the following hospitals: Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne, Parkview Dekalb Hospital, Parkview Huntington Hospital, Parkview Lagrange Hospital, Parkview Noble Hospital, Parkview Warsaw Free Standing Emergency Department, Parkview Wabash Hospital, Parkview Whitley Hospital, and Cameron Memorial Hospital. Parkview Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in northeast Indiana, and is an ACS accredited Level 2 Adult and Pediatric trauma center, as well as accredited chest pain center and DNV accredited comprehensive stroke center. The new facility opened March 17, 2012. Total annual volume for the group exceeds 250,000 patient visits, and the group includes 68 full time emergency department physicians, 41 physician assistants, and 6 administrative staff. The group is also involved in overseeing the Parkview EMS program, including Samaritan transport program, which includes two helicopters and a ground MICU, Parkview Community Paramedicine program, and 23 ground ambulance units.


Our Mission & Vision

PEP is a group of dedicated emergency medical health care professionals, striving to provide quality, cost effective, and timely emergency care in Northeast Indiana to all who present themselves to us. We will provide this care in an efficient, compassionate, and interdependent professional manner, so that we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  We strive to develop and enhance to our highest potential both professionally and personally, a group of emergency physicians and physician assistants that can provide quality health care with a team spirited approach in those hospital emergency departments that will benefit from our care.

Since 1972

PEP has been the Emergency Physician coverage group for Parkview Hospital since 1972. We have expanded over the past 45 years to now cover 24/7 the emergency departments of all of Parkview Health and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.


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PEP Culture is critical to excellent Emergency care

Developing A Culture of quality In Emergency Medicine

The challenges in Emergency Medicine seem to travel from hospital to hospital, sometimes one issue a little “hotter” than another, but the issues seem to always be similar. That is one reason PEP is a member of the 100% ACEP club, and has been for the past several years. The focus of our group is to improve the quality of Emergency medical Care across the region, so that anyone that lives in the region would have access to excellent emergency care.

To accomplish this, we focus on educational opportunities for all of our providers and strong relationships with our colleagues in other specialties, working to learn from each other, and to deliver care in as much “teamwork” approach as possible. We hold a two-hour educational meeting every month for our doctors and physician assistants, with lectures given by anyone from our local physician and physician assistants to a national emergency medicine speaker. The focus is usually clinical talking about new technology, new interventions, or reviewing our stroke/cardiac/trauma care we have delivered.  It also includes risk management discussions or the “core measures” that we report to CMS, or our ACEP's EQUAL projects. These are in addition to our monthly hospital trauma M and M meetings we hold in conjunction with Surgery/Orthopedics/Neurosurgery/Radiology, and others.

Electronically, we moved in 2013 to EPIC, and this has brought us amazing access to patient's medical records, medications, current laboratory and radiology testing, and real time records from other providers that may have just had a phone call or recent encounter with the patient.  EPIC, along with fluency voice recognition dictation, has been fully embraced by PEP, and has also given us further real time clinical decision support for our entire team. 

We staff our emergency department at Parkview Regional Medical Center with  an ED pharmacist who has helped facilitate medication dosing and dispensing, leading to quicker times getting patients critical medications, and freeing up the always overworked nursing staff to help with other patient care issues.

We currently see over 55,000 visits annually at our Regional Medical Center and an additional 55,000 visits at our older campus, Parkview Randallia.  Both campuses are growing and we are really looking forward to the Parkview Tower project which should deliver an additional 72 medical beds and alleviate much of our ED boarding problem.   Parkview is also continuing to add specialists and beds at Parkview Randallia to help manage an ever increasing need for more hospital beds and services in our region.

Excellent Service Every Patient Every Day.  That is the Parkview way, and PEP has partnered with Parkview for over 45 years now, and value our excellent relationship with them.  We also strongly support the work that Indiana ACEP does as it has been a great resource for our group through networking and the annual educational programs.   We hope to grow that relationship with as many emergency physicians around the state that we can, in an effort to help us all deliver better emergency care.

Tom Gutwein, MD, FACEP

President, Professional Emergency Physicians, P.C.


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Our Leaders

Medical Directors

  • Nathan Allison, MD, FACEP - Parkview LaGrange
  • Chrissy Preusz, MD - Parkview Noble
  • Mike Myers, MD, FACEP - Parkview Whitley
  • Jeff Nickel, MD, FACEP - Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Chris Steffy, MD - Parkview Huntington
  • Katherine Cassidy, MD - Parkview Wabash
  • Tyler Johnson, DO, FACEP - Parkview Dekalb
  • Al Emilian, MD - Cameron Memorial Hospital

EMS Directors

Parkview Administrative Leaders

  • Mindy Kurtz, ED Director
  • Audrey Hunnicutt, PRMC Director
  • Alyssa Hamilton, OP Lead PRMC
  • Debbie Newman, Randallia Manager

Physician Assistants

  • Courtney Poswinski, MD, Physician PA Liaison
  • JoAnn Beecher, PA-C, PA Director

Samaritan Flight Program

  • Chris Bridgwater, DO, FACEP

ED Ultrasound

Fellowship Director

Sim Lab DIRECTOR

  • Roderick Morrison, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

PEP Administrative Leaders

  • Joe Pressler, BSN, RN, Chief Operations Director
  • Nick Voirol, Director of Finance
  • Connie Chapman, Credentialing Specialist / 
  •                                  Fellowship Administrator
  • Donna Allshire, Billing Manager

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