Wright Memorial Hospital Retains Local Emergency Department Physician Team

TRENTON, MO – As of January 1, 2024, Wright Memorial Hospital entered into a new contract with the emergency medicine physicians providing care in the hospital’s emergency department. The new group chosen by Wright Memorial Hospital, Missouri Physician Partners, was formed by Dr. Wyatt Pickering and Dr. Jeremiah Yerton and keeps intact nearly the entire physician team currently treating patients in Wright Memorial’s emergency department. The hospital’s former emergency services provider, ENVISION Physician Services, alerted Wright Memorial in August of 2023 that they would be closing operations in three states in which they operated, one of those being Missouri, at the conclusion of 2023. ENVISON employed the local team of emergency care physicians, including the emergency department’s medical director, Dr. Pickering, a Chillicothe native.

“We had multiple strong options to replace ENVISION,” said Catherine Hamilton, Interim Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Wright Memorial. “It was important for us to find the right fit. We wanted a team that we knew would provide high-quality care while also understanding a rural community's unique health needs and challenges. Dr. Pickering and his team check all those boxes, and because of their local presence, they’re already heavily invested in our communities. We’re excited to continue this outstanding partnership.”

The new contract took effect on January 1, and patients should experience no changes. The team will continue to offer seamless, convenient, emergency medical care close to home 24/7 for patients in North Central Missouri.

“We’re excited to be able to continue the same level of high-quality emergency care here in Trenton,” said Wyatt Pickering, DO, Medical Director of the Wright Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. “As a representative of Missouri Physician Partners, I want to thank Wright Memorial Hospital for placing their trust in us. We’re committed to providing compassionate, expert care to the Trenton community and the surrounding region.”