Washington, DC – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced it has hired Dean Wilkerson as its new executive director. For more than a decade, Wilkerson has served as the national executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the nation’s premiere organization supporting victims and working to stop impaired driving and prevent underage drinking.
J. Brian Hancock, MD, president of ACEP, said “We are excited to have a seasoned advocate like Dean joining ACEP. He will help bring attention to and seek effective solutions to the problems facing many hospital emergency departments and their patients.”
The the irony kicks in:
Dr. Hancock explained the announcement comes at a pivotal time for the organization, as it strategically examines the urgent medical liability crisis, overcrowding occurring in emergency departments throughout the country, and the failure of government to adequately fund emergency medical care, especially for the poor and uninsured. (Emphasis added)
So, ACEP gets the Executive Director of MADD, the same group that came out against Texas’ Proposition 12, lawsuit reform.
I have no idea if he had any hand in that decision, but it’s certainly made me look at MADD in a new light, and they’re off my donation list. It’d be interesting to hear what he has to say about MADD’s stands to ACEP.