Nigerian Born Doctor Opens ER in Houston

Founder of Life Savers Emergency Room Dr. Foyekemi Ikyaator. (Photo: Google)

Founder of Life Savers Emergency Room Dr. Foyekemi Ikyaator.
(Photo: Google)

Rebecca Walton of Houston Profile Magazine is reporting that Nigerian born Dr. Foyekemi Ikyaator, 31, is opening a stand-alone emergency room in northwest Houston.

The wife, mother, and Nigerian native is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In 2012, Dr. Foye completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the Emory School of Medicine and Public Health, in Atlanta GA. She then moved to Houston, TX where she gained extensive experience working within the St. Luke’s Health System.

Dr. Foye established Life Savers Emergency Room alongside her husband in December 2015, with the hope of it becoming a facility that provides swift and efficient healthcare to patients.

Walton writes,

“As an ER doctor, Dr. Foye can treat and provide life saving acute care. She can also manage blood pressure, diabetes, depression and a host of other chronic ailments. It’s fast medicine which is not always a bad thing in dealing with patients who want swift and direct care.”

Dr. Foye emphasizes that swift primary care is essential to patients, especially those who lack the resources to ensure sufficient access to medical care. This is especially important as Texas’s medical uninsured rate is 1.5. to 2 times higher than the national average according to the Texas Medical Association.

Dr. Foye also envisions the creation of a less bureaucratic work environment for medical professionals. This move will ensure that her colleagues can practice medicine under a non-restrictive bureaucracy; allowing board certified doctors, nurses and practitioners to be flexible with the time and resources needed to care for people in need. Speaking of her own experience Dr. Foye says,

“In the emergency room you can see between 20 and 30 patients within a shift and [there] is just enough time to treat them and get them to their next point of care.

The whole idea in a free-standing ER is that you can provide the care in a more relaxed environment.”

Life Savers ER held their official ribbon cutting ceremony on January 15, 2016. Participants included the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, and other prominent medical practices that offered free screenings to the public.

Read more at the Houston Profile Magazine.

This post was written by Reginald Calhoun. He is a senior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean and on Instagram @Les_geaux_jawn.

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