Dr. Lonnie Empey
Post Acute Network Physicians was created by Dr. Lonnie Empey to bring a higher level of physician performance within all levels of post-acute care from Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH), Acute Rehabilitation Hospitals (Rehab) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). Having a physician who specializes in facility-based medicine, particularly post-acute facilities, results in shorter length of stay, lower rates of re-hospitalization, and improved patient and family satisfaction.
Dr. Empey is a long-time Nevadan, having come back home after serving as a physician in the United States Army achieving the rank of Major. He settled in Mesquite, opening a primary care practice in 1997 and helping the city create a Critical Access Hospital where he served as the Chief of Staff among other leadership positions within the organization. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, has served as Associate Program Director for the residency program at MountainView Hospital, and is Vice Chief of Staff at Desert Springs Hospital
The physicians of PANP have demonstrated a superior ability to keep patients on their path to recovery with a return to acute rate of 2.5% while the rest of the Las Vegas routinely sees 25% of their patients going back to the hospital. PANP physicians have an overall readmission rate half that of the Las Vegas average while at the same time having among the highest patient satisfaction in all of the largest Hospital System in Las Vegas.
One of the ways the doctors ensure the safety of their patients is that they pre-screen the facilities they admit to and constantly monitor facility operations so that the nursing, therapy, and ancillary services are the level of quality required for our patients. If PANP physicians don’t go there, neither should you. We don’t analyze a facility based on granite countertops and frilly curtains, but on superior clinical care and quality results.
Dr. Empey and PANP physicians go the extra mile coordinating care with the patient’s primary physician, and if they don’t have one, will assist in finding one that suits the patient needs and personality. We also ensure the patient’s discharge plan is being followed through on, calling to ensure they understand the new medication regimen, home health care shows up, specialty physician visits are attended, etc. If anything does go wrong we are there to help guide the patient and their caregiver through the process to avoid readmission to the hospital.
If you find your loved one in need of post-acute facility services, ask for Dr. Empey and Post Acute Physicians Network and we’ll handle the rest.