Episode Description

A medical emergency is never expected and is always disruptive. COVID has families more aware of the possibility. Whether your loved one lives near or far, is in their home or assisted living, taking steps to prepare for a 911 call and visit to an emergency room can make the difference between timely and safe treatment vs. serious consequences. Are you or your loved one prepared for an emergency? I will be talking with two guests who will share what you need to know to be prepared for an emergency response scenario; Rose Martinez manages an Emergency Response Team and Dr. Naomi Grossman is an emergency room physician as well as a critical care specialist. They will be discussing the kind of information most important to have available when medical personnel are assessing and treating your loved ones. For those living at a distance, we will discuss ways you can ensure that you are engaged in decisions as necessary. You will learn what treatment documents to have in the home & more.


Naomi George, MD, MPH

Dr. Naomi George is an emergency medicine and critical care physician in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and researcher at the University of New Mexico. Dr. George received her Medical Degree from Columbia University, her Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed her fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Brown University. Her areas of interest are in geriatrics and palliative care. Her research focuses on advanced care planning and decision-making regarding use of life-sustaining treatments in older adults and those with serious illness. Her published articles educate emergency room physicians in having goals-of care conversations and assessment of patients with significant palliative care needs.

Rose Martinez

Rose Martinez is with the Emergency Management Department of Rio Rancho Fire Rescue. She is the Special Projects Coordinator and oversees the City of Rio Rancho Community Emergency Response Team. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in EMS Administration and EMT-B certification. Ms. Martinez has been with the City for nine years and is also trained as a wildland firefighter.

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