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July 22, 2020
Peter Antkowiak, MD Named Emergency Department Medical Director for Harrington HealthCare System

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – Peter Antkowiak, MD has been named Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Harrington HealthCare System (HHS), which has Emergency Care Centers in Southbridge and Webster, Massachusetts.

Harrington’s Emergency Departments are staffed by the Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Antkowiak, who specializes in Emergency Medicine, is an attending emergency physician and administration fellow at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, and a clinical fellow and instructor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Antkowiak as our new medical director of Emergency Medicine at Harrington HealthCare,” said HHS President and CEO Ed Moore. “His passion for providing superior patient care, combined with his demonstrated commitment to innovation in healthcare administration make him a strong leader for our emergency care team and an excellent fit for the culture of care we are proud to uphold at Harrington HealthCare System.”

Dr. Antkowiak completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He completed his residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, during which time he was a clinical associate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He is currently pursuing a Master in Health Management degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Dr. Antkowiak is a past recipient of the Resident Innovation Award from Maine Medical Center selected by his peers as “Most likely to Change the Future of Emergency Medicine”, the Professionalism and Service Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the David R. Nalin Award for International Research and Innovation from the Nalin Endowed Fund, and the MS-1 Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Ethics from Albany Medical College, among other awards.

Dr. Antkowiak is a leading researcher in emergency department operations and leadership alongside his colleagues at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, having published and lectured internationally on topics related to emergency department optimization and hospital efficiency.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. Antkowiak is a co-founder and managing partner of illumeMed, a healthcare technology company that created CareUpdate, a HIPAA-compliant collaboration platform designed to optimize communication between medical professionals, patients and loved ones (acquired by Skyscape Inc. in 2019). He is also a past editor-in-chief of Useful Science, a blog and podcast aimed at sharing scientific information that is useful in everyday life. He serves on the advisory board of Skyscape Inc. and advises several companies including B5Venures, Vincere Health and CoVerified.

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About Harrington HealthCare System

Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region’s largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.