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Copley Hospital Welcomes Emergency Department Team Nathan Hemmer, MD, and Megan Lea, MD

August 12, 2019

Welcome Emergency Physicians Nathan Hemmer, MD, and Megan Lea, MD

Copley Hospital is pleased to welcome Emergency Physicians Nathan (Nate) Hemmer, MD, and Megan Lea, MD, to the hospital’s Emergency Department.  “We are pleased to welcome Doctors Hemmer and Lea to our team of medical providers,” states Vera Jones, Chief Operating Officer. “The doctors are a husband and wife team who come to Copley filling a vacated full-time position in our Emergency Department. Their level of experience, dedication to emergency medicine, and passion for patient care will make them a great addition to our team of emergency physicians and nurses.” The doctors’ first week focused on orientation.  They will begin seeing patients on August 12.

Doctors Hemmer and Lea come to Copley most recently from the Alaska Native Medical Center, a community hospital in Anchorage, where they provided emergency care since 2012.  They also worked at PeaceHealth Ketchikan, a rural low-volume critical access hospital that serves adults and children.  Both doctors specialize in emergency medicine.

Dr. Hemmer earned his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating in 2009, and went on to complete his residency training at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital in June 2012.  He is a current member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a Diplomat with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Lea also earned her Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating in 2009, and completed her residency training at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital in June 2012. Dr. Lea is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Since making the move to Vermont, the most frequent question they are asked is, “Why the move from Alaska to Vermont?”   The doctors want to be closer to family, and were attracted to the culture and recreational activities that this area provides.  “We want to work in a community where we feel connected. This community offers that, and more.  The Green Mountains, ski resorts, hiking and biking trails, lakes and ponds are amenities we enjoy as outdoor enthusiasts.”

The doctors currently reside in Stowe with their children.  “We are excited to join the team at Copley and look forward to providing high quality patient care,” they said.

Please join Copley in welcoming Doctors Hemmer and Lea to our community hospital.

Copley Hospital is greater Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the area’s largest employers.  Copley offers 24-hour emergency services, a family-friendly Birthing Center, and excellent inpatient and outpatient care with more than 60 specialists, including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopaedics, and Rehabilitation Services on its campus in Morrisville. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.