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David Kraus, DO, Named August St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician
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David Kraus, DOPort Huron, MI...David Kraus, DO, was named the August 2012 St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician. The St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician award highlights a physician's commitment to working collaboratively to promote patient and community health through clinical excellence and patient-focused care. Physicians honored with this award must also be one whom St. Joseph Mercy Hospital staff and volunteers would recommend to family and friends in the community.

An Emergency Department physician, Dr. Kraus provides care and treatment to patients through the St. Joseph Mercy Emergency Room (ER). He was nominated for his commitment to the identification and prompt treatment of Sepsis in emergency room patients.

"The identification and care of Sepsis patients is important across the United States. Sepsis is toxic shock to an infection. The disease kills more than a quarter of a million people every year. As a result, St. Joseph Mercy has engaged in a Sepsis Collaborative designed to address the issue locally. Dr. Kraus has embraced this collaborative fully," comments his nominator. "He has made great strides in the care of Sepsis patients in the St. Joseph Mercy ER. He understands the importance of identification and aggressive treatment, and has provided prompt care to this patient population. I would recommend Dr. Kraus to any member of my family or friends who come to St. Joseph Mercy's ER. He provides competent care to every one of his patients."

"Dr. Kraus is a terrific asset to our health care community," states Rebekah Smith, RN, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) President and CEO. "His outstanding performance has been noted by those who work most closely with him and has been highlighted through his nomination. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. Kraus for elevating the health status of our community."

"I am so glad to make a small difference in lives of patients at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital," comments David Kraus, DO. "I realize the Emergency Department is often a first access point, and I want this department to be recognized for its enhanced patient care services. I would like to thank the medical and clinical staff as well as the entire St. Joseph Mercy organization for its unwavering commitment to patient care and safety as we continue to move forward in providing the next level of care and service."

The St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician Award is designed to highlight outstanding collaboration between our physician community and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital patient care and volunteer staff. Nominations are accepted from all staff and volunteers, and are blinded and reviewed by a Nominations Review Committee. The award is presented routinely to a physician on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

To find a St. Joseph Mercy Hospital physician near you, visit SJMPH online at:; or call toll-free 1-888-MERCYME.

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