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MarinHealth Emergency & Trauma
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Emergency & Trauma Overview
The Emergency Department & Trauma Center at MarinHealth Medical Center is the only Level III Trauma Center in Marin County. With 25 new private rooms and 5 state-of-the art-trauma bays, we are here to serve the entire North Bay, offering exceptional, trauma, stroke, cardiac and emergency care. As a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award in 2018, we were recognized for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
Our pediatric emergency care has earned us designation as an Advanced Pediatric Receiving Center by Marin County Emergency Medical Services. We offer our littlest of patients an “ouchless” experience with a dedicated child-life specialist. Our physicians are board-certified in emergency medicine and many are members of our local community. Access to surgical services, intensive care, diagnostic imaging and maternity care ensures that every patient and their loved ones receive high-quality and comprehensive care.
Key Team Members
Sherri Bard, BSN, RN, CEN—Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, MarinHealth
Sherri’s role as the nurse manager for the Emergency Department encompasses many aspects of nursing and patient care, as well as management experience.
She draws in her in previous roles, including clinical Registered Nurse, Hospital Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor for Home Care and Hospice, Regional Manager for Home Care and Hospice, Nursing Director for Home Care, and Nursing Director for Home Infusion Services. She belongs to various professional organizations, including the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and is Certified in Emergency Nursing.
Sherri’s passion for the Emergency Department is demonstrated by her commitment to patient advocacy, team approach, best practices and collaboration with all disciplines to ensure positive outcomes for staff, patients and family members. Sherri’s philosophy is that all staff have a voice and using their voice to promote opinions, ideas and suggestions allows the department to move forward with technology, process improvements and self-directed initiatives to enhance the overall patient care experiences and self-value of what that nurse can bring to the department.
Sherri has been part of the Emergency Department since June 2017, and has been successful in leading three different hospital surveys, helping the department excel in patient care, process improvements, and documentation. Sherri has been an integral participant in preparing for the move to the new building (Oak Pavilion) in the areas of planning, education and creating new processes.
Sherri lives in Novato, CA with her husband Wesley and they have 3 grown children who live out of state. Sherri and her husband enjoy traveling and have had the privilege of visiting: Europe, Costa Rica, Cancun Mexico, Alaska, St. Croix VI, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Jamaica.
James Bruhn, MS, APRN, PHN, CNS, CEN
James Bruhn has been in healthcare for over 28 years. He has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Paramedic in two metropolitan areas, as an Emergency Nurse at Level I and III trauma centers, and as a Critical Care Transport Nurse.
Additionally, he has provided nursing care at special events and been a clinical instructor for both nursing and paramedic programs. James has over 28 years of military service with deployments to the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, and he’s been an Emergency Nurse mentor with UCSF’s Global Health Sciences program in East Africa.
James received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Chabot College in Hayward, California in 2003. He the received his Bachelor’s degree from CSU East Bay in 2008. In 2014 he graduated from UC San Francisco, earning his Master of Science degree in Nursing, becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Critical Care and Trauma.
In his current role at MarinHealth Medical Center, he provides training & education for the emergency department, has been involved in policy and procedure development that have advanced nursing practice and is a resource and consultant among the various departments and disciplines.
Meaghan Carroll, RN, MSN, CNL, CEN, TCRN
Meaghan is the Trauma Program Manager at MarinHealth Medical Center. She is a graduate of University of San Francisco (USF) Nursing Program with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership.
Meaghan has also served as an adjunct faculty member for USF, mentoring students during their clinical rotation and running simulations labs. Currently, Meaghan also works as a per diem nurse at a Bay Area hospital in the Emergency Department.
Jason Ruben, MD
To describe emergency medicine specialist Jason Ruben, MD, as dynamic is an understatement. In addition to saving lives for a living, he serves as Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MarinHealth Medical Center and is on the MarinHealth Foundation Board of Directors.
He also manages to find time to bike, hike, back-country ski, and explore the North Bay with his wife and two energetic young boys.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Ruben wasn’t planning on moving to Northern California. After all, he attended medical school at the University of Southern California and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He remained local for his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. After obtaining his board certification in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ruben traveled extensively, and became a consultant to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan’s Ministry of Health for nearly four years. He continued to travel but made Santa Barbara his home base, working in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Department.
Dr. Ruben was always attracted to the lifestyle of the Bay Area and Marin in particular. When one of his best friends from his residency program invited him to come for a visit and check out Marin and where he worked, he took him up on the offer. He loved what he saw but wanted to be certain that the work would be sufficiently challenging. In 2006, he started working shifts at MarinHealth Medical Center (then Marin General Hospital). A few years later, Dr. Ruben met his wife and they agreed to call the Bay Area home. “As an ER doc,” Dr. Ruben explains, “a relatively smaller market like Marin might not have seemed right for me. But I was attracted to MarinHealth because of its Trauma Center. We see such a wide variety of cases, and I feel like I can really put my skills to work. Bike and motor vehicle accidents, strokes, heart attacks… lots of high-acuity cases. And we have a large elder community coming in for emergency care.” Dr. Ruben also feels motivated by his informed and engaged patient base. As he points out, “To be a doc here, you have to be on your game. This is a very educated community that demands we know our stuff.”
While Dr. Ruben values our community’s high degree of health literacy, he is not convinced people realize the level of medical expertise that exists in the North Bay. “We provide outstanding care,” he asserts, “in a better environment, faster, more efficiently than some of the shinier names. I want to challenge any mistaken perception that we don’t have major-market talent. Our ER docs and call specialists—the physicians the Emergency Department relies on for consults—are exceptional experts in cardiovascular medicine, pediatrics, urology, plastic and orthopedic surgery and other fields. Like me, they choose to be here and are committed to the community. My goal is for everyone to understand that our doctors are experts, truly top notch across the board. And now, with the new hospital building, our facilities reflect that same high level of excellence.”
Michelle Tracy has been a registered nurse for 28 years. Prior to that she was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She always had a love of pediatrics and started her career as an Acute Pediatric Nurse in a children’s hospital. Eventually she moved to the emergency department, taking care of both pediatric and adult patients.
Michelle has a wide range of nursing experience, including sub-acute rehab, school nursing, pediatric primary care, nursing supervisor, quality improvement, emergency department education, assistant emergency department director, and director.
Michelle achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration and her Master of Arts in Community Health Education from Canyon College in Idaho. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Nurse Manager Leader, and is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice.
Michelle has worked at MarinHealth for 8 years as Director of the Emergency Department and Trauma Services and most recently added the title of Director of Education and Professional Development.
Michelle’s management philosophy is to provide an environment that encourages growth and to lead by example. To build an organization of strength, the workforce must feel empowered to lead change and have an opportunity to make a difference.
Michelle lives in Corte Madera with her husband. She has three grown children, two local and one who lives out of state. She volunteers her time with the Boy Scouts, helping them to achieve their merit badges in Disability Awareness, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, and Medicine.