Where do you want to work? US Acute Care Solutions serves more than 220 hospitals in 20 states. We want to help you learn about our locations by meeting physicians who practice there! Today’s feature is Dr. Jayne Kendall at Atrium Health Pineville in Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. Jayne Kendall is USACS’s vice president of Southeast and West region, and medical director at Atrium Health Pineville in Charlotte, N.C.
She has held multiple other USACS positions as interim ED medical director at CarolinaEast, director and chair of emergency services at now-CaroMont Regional Medical Center, assistant medical director, and quality director.
A native of Indiana, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC., where she was a chief resident. She also earned an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte and credentials as a Certified Diversity Executive from the Institute for Diversity Certification.
Dr. Kendall is active in her community, where she volunteers at multiple health festivals, has provided free sports physicals and lectures on health topics for community education.
In her spare time, Dr. Kendall likes to spend time with family and friends. She is the mother of twins, Jack and Claire. She enjoys doing Orange Theory, traveling and wine tasting.
Here are a few questions she answered for us:
What drew you to Charlotte?
I love living in Charlotte. I have moved away twice for my career, but I keep coming back. It is a fairly large city, so there are tons of things to do, restaurants to go to, museums and parks for my kids. The weather is perfect in that we still have four seasons, but it never gets too cold (and we call off school if there is a threat of snow!). The airport is a hub, so it makes traveling direct to multiple places easy as well. I convinced my mom and brother to both move here, too!
Best advice I have ever received as a physician?
I was told when I started that you really will not do your patients (or colleagues, for that matter!) any good if you don’t take care of yourself. It is important to take vacations and not always be the one picking up extra shifts. If you are overworked, it will lead to burnout, and it certainly can affect your ability to help others. It will affect your patients, but also your family relationships and friendships.
What are some major health concerns/unique challenges for the specific population you serve?
Pineville has a large geriatric population because of the large number of skilled nursing facilities in our area. With that comes some unique challenges. Older patients are more at risk for injury, adverse drug interactions, and readmission to the hospital. In addition, sometimes the focus is really more about maintaining quality of life than diagnosing and curing disease, which is really different from how we approach other patient populations. At Pineville we are fortunate to have geriatricians in the emergency department seven days a week during daytime hours to help us to navigate some of these issues.