Qualified Emergency Specialists, Inc. was formed in 1984 in response to Cincinnati’s need for better emergency department care. Since that time we have adjusted to the needs of our community serving three hospitals and two freestanding emergency departments. Our integrated health care system partner TriHealth, services the diverse healthcare needs of the greater Cincinnati area. This provides a flexible and diverse emergency practice experience contributing to a best in class retention rate for our physicians. Over 50% of the physicians in our group have been with QESI for more than 10 years. We have strong and long-standing relationships with our medical and administrative staff.
The strength and reputation of our group is a direct reflection of the quality of our physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Our commitment to staffing exclusively with Board Certified/Board Eligible emergency physicians has created uniformity in the quality of care and medical oversight that we provide. This standard of care, combined with strong corporate leadership, allows QESI to maintain excellent relationships with our affiliated hospitals. Our hospital-based emergency departments have received emergency medicine excellence awards by Health Grades that place them in the top 5% nationally for lowest mortality among all emergency departments. Overall Cincinnati has been rated as one of the top cities in the nation for emergency care and QESI has made a significant contribution to that rating.
QESI has maintained an independent group despite the growth of corporate Emergency Medicine and the dynamic changes in health care. The four physicians who started QESI in 1984 wanted to keep physicians at the heart of decision making for the business. We have grown since that time to include more than 40 physicians and 25 Advance Practice Providers while still maintaining the ability of individuals to make a difference in both clinical decisions and practice management.
In a highly competitive and dynamic environment, our greatest strength lies in our relationship with our members. Being a member of QESI means being part of a team that provides high quality, efficient and compassionate emergency care in a patient centered and collaborative environment. We provide an excellent benefits package and a high compensation based on RVU production. Equity ownership opportunities with immediate vesting, and membership on the corporate board are available after the first year for physician partners.