Dr. Rivers passed away May 18, 2010, after complications from heart surgery.
A colleague noted that Dr. Rivers was the first icon of the second generation, the trained-in-EM generation. Dr. Rivers devoted her life to the improvement of the emergency medicine profession, and one physician at a time, she improved patient care through her educational efforts. Internationally known for her dedication to emergency medicine and her devotion to assisting residents and physicians to learn better medical skills and pass the board exams, her passing is a loss to the emergency medicine community.
Ohio ACEP announced plans to honor Dr. Rivers as the Emergency Physician of the Year at our Annual Meeting on June 9, 2010 and acknowledge her leadership and service to emergency medicine with the establishment of the Carol S. Rivers, MD, Emergency Medicine Foundation, intended to grant financial awards to assist EM residents. Dr. Rivers' long time colleague and business partner has asked that memorial donations to the Foundation be made through Ohio ACEP.
Ohio ACEP is also preparing a memorial resolution for consideration by the ACEP Council this fall.
The emergency medicine world has lost a leader, a teacher, a mentor, and a friend.
Dr. Carol S. Rivers
May 18, 2010