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Emanuel Board and New Medical Chief of Staff

Turlock, CA—After serving as Emanuel Medical Center’s Medical Chief of Staff in 1995, Turlock internist Dr. Ron Arakelian returns to that position beginning February 1.

“The biggest change between then and now was that a lot of hospitalized patients were still being taken care of by their regular doctors back then, and most are treated by hospitalists now.” Dr. Arakelian said.

One of Dr. Arakelian’ s priorities during his second stint as chief of staff will be to help the hospital and local doctors prepare for an expected influx of new patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s a huge unknown,” he said. “We anticipate that when the act takes effect in 2014, there will be more people with insurance and a lot of them will want to get a lot of things taken care of that they hadn’t been able to in the past because they didn’t have insurance.”

One priority will be to direct new patients to primary care doctors and help them establish a medical home with a regular family doctor,” Dr. Arakelian said.

Dr. Arakelian received his medical degree from Creighton University in 1976 and completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of medicine in 1979. He then took a pulmonology fellowship at the University of Utah in 1980. Dr. Arakelian joined the Emanuel medical staff in 1981 and served as Chief of Staff in 1995-1996. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Joining Dr. Arakelian on the board is Dr. Kulmeet S. Dang, who will serve as vice chief of medical staff. Dr. Dang received his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine in 2004 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan.  He is certified by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Serving as the Secretary of the board is interventional cardiologist Dr. Reza Nazari. Dr. Nazari did his cardiology training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He is board certified in interventional cardiology, adult cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, adult echocardiography and internal medicine. 
Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services, surgery, and hospice services.

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