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Nigerian Doctor Opens Her Own Emergency Room In Houston

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Foyekemi Ikyaator, an emergency room physician and medical director of Life Savers Emergency Room in Houston.

Life Savers Emergency Room is a standalone emergency room, meaning it's not attached to a hospital. Dr. Foye says it is able to provide the same ER care much more efficiently because it has an onsite laboratory, radiology equipment and pharmacy. There is no waiting in line for labs to get sent or processed. Nor is there the risk of waiting for hours to be seen by a doctor.

The Nigerian native graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health on a full academic scholarship. After completing her residency in emergency medicine in 2012 at the Emory School of Medicine and Public Health in Atlanta, she moved to Houston. She worked within the St. Luke's Health System and within a few short years, she decided it was time to do what she wanted to do.

Today, Dr. Foye directs Life Savers Emergency Room, where she can take more time with her patients and counsel them on specific needs as well as promote the kind of medicine that she believes is necessary.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.