Annual VIA: Megan Frost, MD
When the pandemic hit Southern Oregon and our hospitals stopped doing elective surgeries and other procedures to save on PPE supplies, Asante Physician Partners general surgeon Megan Frost, MD, was tapped to become Asante’s first contact tracing director.
“We urgently needed a physician with expertise in public health to help manage our Employee Health response,” said Asante Rogue Regional’s vice president of Medical Affairs Courtney Wilson, MD, who nominated Dr. Frost for the VIA award.
Despite the fact that Dr. Frost is a full-time general surgeon, she accepted the new responsibility and has been the cornerstone of Asante’s management of multiple COVID-related crises. “From outbreaks on the units with infected staff, to interfacing with frustrated physicians, the media and the public health departments, Dr. Frost has selflessly given her time to serve the greater good of our organization, our staff and our community,” Dr. Wilson said.
Accepting her award was an emotional experience for Dr. Frost, as she shared why she chose to come to work for Asante in 2013. “I came here because I was proud of our Asante community; it’s what pulled me here. I have really enjoyed working clinically with all my staff. It’s been an honor to work alongside people who show up and work hard every day.
“We’re surrounded by people who are eligible for this award. We have people in Asante who are committed to all the things this award stands for. I’m really humbled because we have thousands of people who are eligible.”
Asante Three Rivers CEO Win Howard recounted a memory of Dr. Frost that exemplifies her compassion. “I’ve had the honor of knowing Dr. Frost for about eight years. One day, I was rounding in the hospital and I see our surgeon playing a game of cards with this little patient. I asked her about it later and she said, ‘this patient just wanted to play a game of cards with me.’ That’s what the patient needed at that point in time.”
For Eric Loeliger, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at ATRMC, it’s Dr. Frost’s kindness and teamwork that stand out. “I was working the overnight shift in the ED where you’re kind of the lone wolf. Megan was there finishing her residency and she really made an impact. One night, I had hit my limit. A horrible trauma came in the middle of the night — a massive laceration to the head. She came in and did the assessment. She looked at me and saw a person in need. She said, ‘If it’s OK with you, would it be all right if I sewed up this guy’s face?’ She stayed and did an amazing job.”
In her final nomination remarks, Dr. Wilson said, “Truly, we would have been lost without Dr. Frost’s help over the past five months.”
READ ABOUT ALL 2020 ANNUAL VIA WINNERS
MEGAN FROST, MD
Current roles: General surgeon, APP; contract tracing lead, Asante Employee Health
Location: Grants Pass
With Asante: Seven years
COMMENTS FROM THE CHAT SECTION
Congratulations, Dr. Frost!
Thank you so much, Dr. Frost
Well deserved, Megan. Congratulations
Congratulations, Dr. Frost! I have appreciated working with you during COVID. Thank you for all you do.
Steve Roe, Asante board member:
Thank you for all you do for our patients and our community. You make a difference to others. Congratulations.
Courtney Wilson, MD:
You’ve been a lifesaver, Megan. So grateful for your help and partnership.