Sandwich has hired a new, part-time town physician to help out with researching and streamlining COVID-19 testing and guiding the town’s public health policies on future vaccine distribution.
His name is Dr. Ryan J. Bemis, and he is an emergency room doctor at Falmouth Hospital, according to a Cape Cod Healthcare website.
Dr. Bemis did not return phone calls and emails from The Enterprise requesting an interview.
Although his resume is not on file with the town’s human resources department, biographical information about him is posted on LinkedIn and the Cape Cod Healthcare website.
According to the healthcare website, Dr. Bemis has been affiliated with Falmouth Hospital since 2006, is a member of Cape Cod Preferred Physicians, and is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine.
He served his residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.
According to LinkedIn, Dr. Bemis has served as EMS director at Falmouth Hospital since 2017; was a blood bank non-commissioned officer for the US Army from 1992 to 2000; and received his bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science from Northeastern University.
Fire Chief John J. Burke, who arranged for the physician to help out the town, said Dr. Bemis also serves as the affiliate medical director for many Cape Cod fire departments including Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth and Cotuit.
“His primary role for the town is to work with the public health nurse to sign off on vaccines—for flu and COVID—and make it possible for us to obtain them quickly,” said Chief Burke, who heads up the town’s COVID-19 response team.
Sandwich is one of a few Cape Cod towns that has a public health nurse. Without a doctor on staff, however, the town would have to go through a roundabout administrative process to obtain needed vaccines, Chief Burke said.
Dr. Bemis will also be tasked with researching and recommending the latest COVID-19 tests and helping the COVID response team shape public health policy, the fire chief said.