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Nick Steinour, MD, FACEP

Medical Director

Dr. Nicholas Steinour serves as the emergency department medical director at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin and the interim medical director of Ascension Seton Hays in Kyle, TX. Since joining Emergency Service Partners (a founding partner of US Acute Care Solutions) in 2010, Dr. Steinour has proven himself in a number of important leadership roles.


Before leading the ED at Seton’s original facility in Central Austin, he served for three years as the ED medical director at Providence Health Center, an Ascension facility in Waco, TX, featuring a busy 70,000+ volume emergency department. At Providence, Dr. Steinour served on multiple hospital committees to facilitate collaborative solutions to patient safety, experience, and flow. His accomplishments include designing and implementing a triage treatment zone concept that improved door-to-provider times and decreased number of patients who left without being seen. In addition, he developed a protocol for outpatient stress testing for low risk cardiac patients, developed and implemented a sepsis early identification tool, led a performance improvement project focused on length of stay for low-acuity patients, and developed and implemented a protocol for analgesic administration for fracture care.


Dr. Steinour previously served as the ED medical director at Seton Southwest Hospital in Austin, where he developed and led a committee to improve patient flow and experience. In 2012, he filled the role of interim ED medical director at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, TX, leading the 60,000-volume ED through a critical transition period. Prior to his time in Texarkana, he was the ED medical director and vice chief of staff at Seton Smithville Regional Hospital in Smithville, TX.


Dr. Steinour earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and was chief resident in emergency medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and in 2015 was elected to the Texas College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors. He has co-authored multiple published articles, including research dealing with rapid HIV testing in the ED.

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