EMERGENCY! Dr. Robert Hamilton takes them all

Robert Hamilton
Special to The Log
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM.

Once a week, I do volunteer work at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Emergency Room registration desk. 

Every nurse here offers the patient a winning smile and a promise to care for them to the best of their ability.  You will never see this, but on occasion as I walk the ER halls, I will see a nurse take a quick break from spinning trauma, head held down into hands for a quiet moment to recover the obligatory show of quiet, confident professionalism. 

It takes a lot out of a person to give this much of themselves.

Day after day, week after week, why do some give their expertise in healing to face these traumatic decisions, where every split second could mean the difference between life and death? I talk with Dr. Robert Hamilton, MD, FACEP, of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

Hamilton received his medical training from the University of Cincinnati.  He moved to Destin 13 years ago from a 900-bed trauma center in Pittsburgh, Penn., and worked for a national company doing clinical work for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. 

Roger Hall, CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, recruited Hamilton to join the hospital staff, seven years ago, as a specialist in emergency medicine. The ER is where you will find him today.  Sacred Heart is one of very few medical emergency facilities in our area that has all Board Certified Emergency Medical Physicians, and that includes Hamilton.

I ask Hamilton why he chose emergency medicine and he explains.

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