Terry Jodrie, MD, FACEP, NRP, a long-time Maryland emergency physician and paramedic known for his fun-loving attitude and exceptional clinical skill and patient care, will work his final shift at Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) on June 30 in order to pursue more international development work.
Dr. Jodrie completed his residency in 1989 and joined Alteon in 2004, finding his ideal patient mix and acuity level in the WAH Emergency Department, along with a group of skilled and passionate providers.
“When the team comes together and everybody’s in sync and it goes exactly the way it’s supposed to go, it’s symphonic,” Jodrie says. “It’s really a work of art. Those are the memories I’m going to miss.”
At WAH, Dr. Jodrie became known as a vocal supporter of innovative changes that improved patient care. Dr. Drew White, Alteon’s Regional Medical Director for Maryland, recalls that when many providers were hesitant to integrate patient callbacks into their schedules in the early days of the program, Jodrie embraced the opportunity to follow up with his patients post-discharge and encourage their recovery. The Maryland chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians has twice named Dr. Jodrie its Physician of the Year.
“Despite his remarkably laid-back demeanor, Dr. Jodrie continues to be one of the most well-read and proficient emergency physicians with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working,” says Dr. White, who hired Dr. Jodrie in 2004. “He’s witty, compassionate and can set any patient at ease. He’s really a model for physicians of all ages.”
A long-time paramedic and Medical Director for the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department, Dr. Jodrie has served a dual role as EMS Program Director for Alteon’s Maryland hospitals since 2013. In this position, he has helped improve EMS in underserved regions and enhanced coordination between the prehospital and hospital care environments to improve patient outcomes. He received the state EMS Medical Director’s Award for Excellence in EMS in 2017.
Stepping back from U.S. clinical Emergency Medicine will allow Dr. Jodrie to deploy more frequently with the Global Emergency Medicine Initiative (GEMINI), an organization that helps design and educate EMS and Emergency Medicine systems in the developing world. He has volunteered with GEMINI since 2008 and has been grateful for Alteon’s support of his many trips to Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
“It’s really the most fun I have,” Dr. Jodrie says. “We’re meeting a substantial need and working with folks who are very open to new ideas and innovation. It’s good bread and butter Emergency Medicine, without many of the trappings of our current systems here.”
A native of Prince George’s County, Jodrie will continue to support the local community by volunteering at La Clínica del Pueblo, a free clinic in Hyattsville, and maintaining his teaching roles with George Washington University, Prince George’s Community College and Howard Community College.