The Montgomery County Hospital District announced in a news release Dr. Casey Patrick will take over as the new medical director for emergency medical services in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22.

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MCHD’s Emergency Medical Services Department oversees the activities of all paramedics and ambulance personnel for Montgomery County. As the new medical director, Patrick will also provide medical oversight for all 13 fire departments across the county.

Patrick is taking on the position following the retirement of Robert Dickson, who has served as medical director for MCHD since 2015, according to the release.

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“I’m beyond excited to assume the position of medical director for MCHD EMS,” Patrick said in a news release. “Having directly witnessed MCHD’s immense growth and clinical progress over the past eight years, I know I have some big shoes to fill. As one of the highest-functioning EMS agencies in the nation, MCHD EMS must continue to raise that high bar for the citizens of Montgomery County. Being a part of this team is my most rewarding professional accomplishment.”