Highly Experienced Emergency Room Doctor
About Chris Endfinger
An emergency room physician with more than 15 years of experience in his field, Dr. Chris Endfinger currently treats patients at TeamHealth Southeast hospitals and medical centers in and around Birmingham, Alabama. Educated at Lipscomb University and the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Chris Endfinger earned his MD in 1993 and remained at UAB for his general internship and residency in family medicine. Named chief resident in 1996, Dr. Endfinger subsequently earned certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and went on to a prolific career in emergency medicine, treating patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries.
Since then, Dr. Endfinger has served as medical director of Gadsen Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, during which time he notably appeared on an episode of Untold Stories of the E.R., a TLC docudrama series. In tandem with his medical practice, Dr. Endfinger plays an active role in the community, volunteering with Birmingham charity Fight4Life Fitness & Boxing Ministry, giving to Compassion International, and traveling with his church to Honduras on medical missions.
An Overview of ACLS Certification
A medical professional at Team Health Southeast in Alabama, Dr. Chris Endfinger cares for emergency patients throughout the state. Dr. Chris Endfinger maintains certification in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS).
ACLS certification represents a person’s knowledge of post-cardiac arrest care. Individuals possess a keen understanding of airway management, systems of care, and related pharmacology. In addition, they possess training in basic life support procedures and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage as well as develop effective communication skills crucial to effectively leading a resuscitation team. The latter is of utmost importance because it impacts progress of rescue effort. For this reason, ACLS training includes active role play and simulations to help a person learn how to care for a patient individually and as part of a team.
Health care professionals, ranging from nurses to physicians that have direct contact with cardiopulmonary arrest and cardiovascular emergency cases are ideal candidates for receiving certification. Because technology and medical best practices constantly change, certified professional can also take continuing education or renewal courses to stay knowledgeable of ACLS procedures.
Compassion International Responds to Ecuador Earthquake
Chris Endfinger is an emergency room physician in Alabama with more than two decades of medical experience. As an active member of his church community, Chris Endfinger supports Compassion International, a global child advocacy ministry.
Although Compassion International was founded principally to help children living in poverty, the group serves in many ways. It was recently on hand to help with the aftermath of Ecuador’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The organization supports over 70,000 Ecuadorean children through its sponsorship program and in partnership with 240 churches across the country.
Several of those churches suffered damage, including lost water towers, and some have closed temporarily, the organization reported. A number of children and their families lost their homes. First responders went door to door to assess the situation and to donate food, clean water, and emergency shelter to those in need.
Contributions to the organization assist Compassion International in providing aid in emergency situations like the Ecuadorean earthquake, where children living in poverty may be especially affected. To find out more about the organization or to donate, go to www.compassion.com.
Compassion International Launches CardFunder
An Alabama attending physician, Dr. Chris Endfinger cares for emergency room patients at Team Health Southeast. Having established career success, Dr. Chris Endfinger makes time to fulfill his civic duties by contributing to Compassion International.
Named among CNBC’s 2015 list of top 10 charities changing the world, Compassion International has a mission to foster child development globally through holistic services that alleviate the burden of poverty. The organization recently launched CardFunder in support of its programs. The official launch followed a successful pilot run in 2015. The pilot resulted in donations of more than 750 gift cards in two hours.
Through CardFunder, supporters of Compassion International have the option to donate the remaining balance of their gift card online at www.cardfunder.org. Donations are converted into cash that can then be applied to health and educational initiatives, among other areas. Compassion International also welcomes gift cards through CardFunder drives hosted by large organizations, youth groups, and businesses. Community-driven groups, like churches, also partner with Compassion International to collect gift cards onsite to make one large contribution.