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February 5, 2014

PPGH ER director a faithful worker

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He received his nursing education from Weatherford College the first year WC started offering RN certifications, graduating from the program in 2002.

May 2002, Fesser signed on with PPGH’s Emergency Department as a staff nurse.

July 2008, Fesser became the ER director with unanimous support from the physicians, administration and staff nurses.

Since Fesser became ER director, major changes have taken place. From 2009 to 2013, ER monthly visits have gone from 1,554 per month to nearly 1800 a month, with some months breaking 2000. Admits have gone from 148 to 171, transfers from 37 to 51, and elopements from 83 to 19. While demands have gone up, service has gone up, which is revealed by the decline in elopements. Elopements are patients who check in and leave without being served, which is most often related to wait times, Fesser said.

But he will be the first to tell you that it’s not about him.

“That’s really not because I am a great manager, that is truly because we have a wonderful staff.”

Beyond his work at PPGH, Fesser is a father expecting his seventh child in the near future and a dedicated husband. He has served as Youth Minister and Associate Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.

Currently, he serves on the boards of Addiction Recovery Ministries and Palo Pinto County Children’s Advocacy Center, is a member of Mineral Wells Rotary Club and Palo Pinto County Drug Endangered Children Coalition.

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