31 year old black woman ER doctor opens stand alone emergency room in northwest Houston. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place January 15, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Life Savers Emergency Room located 17685 Tomball Parkway. The entire northwest Houston, Cypress, Tomball area is invited.
She’s a young black woman; and in December 2015, Dr, Ikyaator (Dr. Foye, pronounced Foy-yay) and her husband opened up a stand alone full service emergency room in northwest Houston. Life Savers Emergency Room comes from the heart of Dr. Foye — a graduate of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. A Nigerian native, Dr. Foye was practically raised in the States and groomed to care for the physical well-being of people. No doubt coming from a structured support system that purported academic superiority, Dr. Foye received her education on a full academic scholarship. A self-proclaimed human rights proponent, the silver lining of Dr. Foye is simply helping people.
After completing her residency in Emergency Medicine 2012, at the Emory School of Medicine and Public Health, in Atlanta GA, Dr. Foye moved to Houston TX. to further her practice. She gained extensive experience working within the St. Luke’s Health System. Within a few short years, she decided it was time to do what she wanted to do. She says, “In the emergency room you can see between 20 and 30 patients within a shift and [there] is just enough time to treat them and get them to their next point of care.”
The swift response is attractive to Dr. Foye. Ultimately patients get alot of primary care which can be a very good thing if the patient has limited access to care. As an ER doctor, Dr. Foye can treat and provide life saving acute care. She can also manage blood pressure, diabetes, depression and a host of other chronic ailments. It’s fast medicine which is not always a bad thing in dealing with patients who want swift and direct care.
Today, Dr. Foye directs the free-standing Life Savers Emergency Room where she can take more time with her patients and counsel them on specific needs as well as promote the kind of medicine that she believes is necessary in today’s community. Life Savers ER is here for community as a whole; patients and medical professionals alike. Dr. Foye is in tune with her colleagues who wish to practice medicine under a non-restrictive bureaucracy so board certified doctors, nurses and practitioners can be flexible with the time and resources needed to care for people in need. Dr. Foye says, “The whole idea in a free-standing ER is that you can provide the care in a more relaxed environment.” Since opening in December the ER service has been met with rave reviews with five stars given on Google, and other social media platforms.
Dr. Foye represents the minority in and the change that comes from of her generation. Whereas 50 years ago, the average medical director didn’t look like her; and certainly there aren’t many 31 year old black women today who is thriving in the kind of lane Dr. Foye has created for herself. As a young black female, mother and leader in medicine, she is pressing the bar a little higher and bridging the gap a little closer so that the next person can impress and charm the masses by representing odds defied.
On January 15th 2016 the Life Savers ER is holding their ribbon cutting ceremony. The entire community is invited to come take part in the festivities that will begin at 4 p.m. The event will be catered by Texas Land and Cattle. There will be appearances by the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, and other prominent medical practices that will be giving the public free screenings.