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Essentia names Belk EMS medical director

Essentia Health has announce that John "Bud" Belk, DO has been selected as the medical director of Emergency Medical Services at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes.

As EMS medical director, Belk will provide guidance and advice to the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service and audit the patient care provided by pre-hospital personnel.

The position was previously held by Dr. Mark Lindquist.

Belk looks forward to bringing his extensive knowledge to the EMS Department at St. Mary's: "I am a former paramedic from Las Vegas and I am very excited about working with the paramedics, EMT's, nurses, and all the staff at St. Mary's EMS."

Belk received his master's degree in general science at North Dakota State University in Fargo and completed the Emergency Residency Program at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich.

He has been at St. Mary's since 2010.