20635 Kuykendahl Road
Spring, Texas 77379
No one plans for a medical emergency, so when you need help, it’s reassuring to know Spring Central Hospital is not only close by but prepared for any emergency situation you might have. With a 24-hour hospital-based emergency center, Spring Central Hospital offers the finest treatment by highly-qualified nursing and physician staff with the ability to admit or transfer patients if needed. And you’ve never experienced an ER quite like this one! The welcoming amenities feel more like a resort or spa than a typical emergency room—a little detail that goes a long way when you’re not feeling your best.
Spring Central Hospital recently announced that Dr. Andrew Kretschmer joined the hospital as the medical director of the emergency center. Dr. Kretschmer will be leading the emergency center along with associate medical director Dr. Derrick Mitchell. “These emergency medicine board-certified physicians bring over 30 years of emergency care experience to their roles at Spring Central Hospital,” said Harold Taylor, the hospital’s chief administrative officer. “Their knowledge and expertise equips our ER to handle a range of emergencies and offers area residents the comfort of knowing they are in the best possible hands with known and respected emergency medicine physicians.”
Dr. Andrew Kretschmer previously served as the emergency room medical director at Doctor’s Hospital in Conroe, Woodland’s Community Hospital, Tomball Regional Hospital and First Choice ER in The Woodlands. Dr. Kretschmer graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and did graduate training in Family Practice and Anesthesiology. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.
Spring Central Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. Its five-star team wholly subscribes to the philosophy that patients are at the center of care and offers concierge medical services including:
- Ear, Nose, and Throat
- Emergency Medicine
- General Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Pain Management
- Plastic and Cosmetic surgery
- Spine Surgery
Dr. Kretschmer eagerly stepped into his position as medical director of Spring Central Hospital’s Emergency Center, as he has always gravitated toward leadership roles. “Of my 30 years in practice, I’ve spent 26 as a medical director. I like to build a team and bring in top shelf people like my partner, Dr. Mitchell. I think very highly of the people we’ve brought on board.”
Dr. Derrick Mitchell is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed both his residency and internship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mitchell was most recently the medical director for First Choice ER in Louetta. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has achieved Diplomate status with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Resource Utilization Review Physicians—an organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals devoted to improving the quality of health care through health care education and certification for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
Together, Drs. Kretschmer and Mitchell have assembled a team of emergency medicine providers who are dedicated to keeping healthcare personal. “We’re in the people business,” said Dr. Kretschmer, “so it’s always good to keep that in mind. Everyone has a story and an interesting one to tell. If you listen to a patient long enough, you’ll know what the problem is and what the answer is.”
Both Drs. Kretschmer and Mitchell have experience in hospital ERs as well as free-standing emergency care centers. Combining the best of both disciplines at Spring Central Hospital allows them to care for patients with a hospital level of support while providing the more personalized care common in franchise emergency care centers.
“Working in a freestanding emergency room provided a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the patient,” said Dr. Mitchell. “I wanted to take that level of care in a smaller, acute care concierge hospital where we could provide a high level of patient-centered care with customer satisfaction. Unlike a freestanding facility, here at Spring Central Hospital we have a larger scope of resources working shoulder-to-shoulder with us, such as direct access to specialists, a large pharmacy and diagnostics. In a large hospital, you’re running from room to room with too much going on. Our emergency center has a hybrid approach. I like to be able to sit down, pull my chair up the bed and give patients and their families my time and attention.”
“An ER doc I like once told me, ‘Every patient encounter is an opportunity to make a new friend.’ That’s good to remember,” Dr. Kretschmer said. “Emergency doctors are all cut from the same cloth. We run toward the chaos instead of away from it. When things are intense, we’re the most focused. It’s wonderful to go from an athlete in one room to a child in the next to a senior with multiple system issues in the next.”
As the hospital continues to grow, the emergency center will complete an expansion this summer, but their focus on providing patient-focused care will never waver. “At a physician-owned hospital, we have a lot of input regarding the level of care that’s delivered,” said Dr. Mitchell. “The Emergency Center allows us the opportunity to customize and design our practice with a team-centered approach in a smaller hospital that’s not plagued by larger hospital issues. Most impressive and the biggest selling point for me is the staff roster here. The opportunity to partner with outstanding specialists, some who have treated my family members, led me here. Plus integrating a whole-hospital system with emergency medicine, where coding and billing, surgeons, medical specialists, hospitalists and pharmacists communicate effectively and efficiently, will set the bar for emergency care. I’m proud to be a part of that here.”
Spring Central Hospital, a physician-owned facility, boasts state-of-the-art equipment, six operating rooms, 12 inpatient beds, and nearly 70 employees. The emergency room is open 24/7 and includes a full-service lab and ultrasound imaging.