David R. Eitel M.D.
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FACEP, MBA YORK David R. Eitel, 63, passed away peacefully at home, on Friday, October 5, 2012, in the embrace of his loving family. Dave was born on December 21, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Dave graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School in 1973. He and his wife, Lynne, moved to the United States in 1975 where he practiced medicine in Maine and New York before settling in York in 1982. Dave touched many lives during his 30-year career with York Hospital/ Wellspan Health System, first and foremost as an attending physician and faculty member in the Emergency Department. Dave also served as: a Medical Director of Medic Units; a Medical Director of the York-Adams Emergency Medical Resource Center (EMRC); a Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine; and the Director of ED Health Services Design. Dave developed the York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum and was the program's first Medical Director. Most recently, he served as Physician Advisor for the Case Management Department. After graduating from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College in 1996, Dave became interested in health care operations research and management science (OR /MS). He was the co-inventor of Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Triage. He was passionate about "turning the lights on" for health care professionals and designed a variety of OR/MS tools, handbooks, and seminars. Dave also taught graduate level business courses at George Mason and Kent State Universities. He was a valued member of many professional associations, the author of numerous publications, and was invited to present his work both nationally and abroad. Dave was the recipient of many awards, including the first ever Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Service Physician of the Year award, and in 1994, the York Hospital Emergency Medicine Resident Research Award was commemorated in his honor. As ambitious as Dave was in his professional life, his personal life brought him the most joy. He lived with incredible curiosity, generosity, compassion, and humility. He especially enjoyed sharing good food and drink with loved ones and friends. Dave was a familiar face in the community, whether jogging around the neighborhood, on the sidelines of playing fields, or at the store. It was the everyday moments he cherished most. Dave leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Lynne, of York; daughter, Jessica of Arlington, Va.; daughter, Kristin of Austin, Texas; son, Justin of Dallastown; mother, Cecile, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada; brother, Wayne and wife Jeannine of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada; sister, Bonita McCutchen and husband John of Goderich, Ontario, Canada; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Eitel. He was a beloved husband, devoted family man, and treasured friend and mentor to so many people. There will be no viewing. A memorial service to celebrate Dave's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1502 Fourth Avenue, York, PA 17403 with the Rev. Dr. David J. Robson officiating. Donations in Dave's memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2405 Park Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to the York Health Foundation, 912 S George St., York, PA 17403. The Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service of York is in charge of arrangements. Physician, Educator, Innovator, family man and friend... Dave will be truly, deeply missed. www.etzweiler.com

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Published in York Daily Record from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14, 2012.
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October 26, 2013
Dr.Eitel was my professor and my mentor. He introduced me to the conceptual rubric of process improvements and quality outcomes application in healthcare. He never shut his door to me when I needed him. I remember faxing some documents over to him only for me to realize that the fax went through at 2:00 am in the morning. That woke her daughter up! The next morning, he called to let me know about it, yet whispered "that doesn't stop us, does it?" The last time we spoke was when he directed me to contact Dr. Jodi C. in case I need mentorship. We took a picture that day. Although he is not here for me to reach out to him at 2:00 am, his influence and great positive example continue to stay with me. May he RIP.
Lawrence Ofori Agyekum
June 19, 2013
A great man and true scholar. Dave helped and encouraged me as I developed an interest in the business of EM. He founded AAEM's operations management committee which generated a huge interest. His recommendation for a successor was spot on. He will be greatly missed be me and all the members of the Academy.
Bill Durkin,MD,MBA,FAAEM
December 3, 2012
Lindy and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Dave's passing. He was a true colleague and genuine friend. We'll miss him terribly.

We often remember with great fondness the generosity you showed our Natalie on her birth (she still has the "fruitcake" hat box).

All of our love,
Murray, Tiffany, and Natalie Côté
November 19, 2012
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Lynne:
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave :(... We're sending you a hug from CHILE :)
Inga & Bill Thome
November 2, 2012
I owe Dave Eitel more than anyone else I can name in my professional career. He taught me so much ,and in such a gentle, caring way. He never treated me as "just a nurse"". He always treated me as a friend. I will be forever grateful to him ,and he will be missed greatly. Rest in peace Dr. Dave
Kathy Aughey
October 29, 2012
It was my privilege to be a resident at York starting in the second year of the program Dave started. His humanism and the obvious joy he had in taking care of patients and teaching residents was a inspiration and has served as a role model for me over the subsequent years. I know that I am only one of many of us whom he touched in this way. Thank you, Dave. I'll miss you.
Lawrence Kass
October 20, 2012
Although I never knew Dr. Eitel, I knew of him through his children. My sincerest sympathy to the Eitel family, with a special hug and love to Kristen.

Susan Wagner
CYHS (Ret.)
Susan Wagner
October 19, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dave as a colleague and had worked with him and Rich Wuerz who had been one of my residents as they looked to roll out ESI Triage. Dave was full of energy for taking the good ideas of the business world into the improvement of operations for our EDs. It was always exciting to speak with him.
Steven Davidson
October 19, 2012
Yesterday, today, tomorrow and hereafter Dave's work continues to save lives and prevent harm in emergency departments around the world. Thank you Dr. Eitel and may God bless your family.
Mark McClelland
October 16, 2012
Dave was a beacon of light, a man with thoughts and concepts that were before his time. The world of operations management in healthare and ED care is far better off that before. I will continue to push his thinking to the best of my ability. Thank you for everything, dave. You will be missed and always remembered
Chris DeFltich
October 15, 2012
I worked with Dr Eitel in the ED back in the 80's. What a great teacher and kind person he was. Sorry for your loss
Marjie Markle
October 15, 2012
Dr. Eitel was such a friendly caring Dr. I had the pleasure of working with him in the ERIC for many years. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I am. Sure that he is now in heaven teaching his passion, medicine. He will be greatly missed.
Carol Henry
October 12, 2012
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I had the pleasure of working with Dr.Eitel and am truely sorry to hear of his passing. What a courageous man! His loss will be greatly felt by all that knew him!!

MEliasson
October 11, 2012
Dr.Eitel always shared a smile and kind words with me when we passed each other in the halls at York Hospital. He treated me with respect. He was such a kind and warm hearted person. My heart is saddened by his loss.
Patti Stern
October 11, 2012
My condolences and prayers to the Eitel family. It was a pleasure to have known Dave and I share in your sadness.
Greg Weigle
October 11, 2012
Dave was truly a man of INTEGRITY! --compassionate, loving and caring not just for family, but all that were blessed to have met him. We will meet again, this is just a short separation.
Doug and Raquel Eitel
October 11, 2012
David was truly a man of INTEGRITY!--compassionate, loving and caring. Not just for family but all who were blessed to have met him. We will meet again, this is just a short separation.

Doug and Raquel Eitel, Valrico, Florida
October 10, 2012
I first worked with Dave before I became a paramedic. I remember his efforts to bring external cardiac pacing to York and Gettysburg; as well as his research in prehospital defibrillation by EMTs. Later, he provided much needed education through his Business Management Life Support Course. He was always soft-spoken. Despite all of his accomplishments, he never looked down at others and treated all with respect. I am privelidged to have had his influence in my career.
George Steckert
October 10, 2012
To the outside world, Dave was the consummate practitioner of emergency medical intervention. He successfully sought to improve the functioning of emergency departments to improve efficiencies and outcomes - not for personal gain but because of his humanitarian principles. We hope his colleagues will carry on his legacy.

To us, his extended family, he was a beloved brother-in-law, uncle, friend and fellow traveller - Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Provence, Tuscany, Capri, Amalfi, Pompeii, Galway Bay, Donegal, Giants Causeway and many more.

We will miss him. When we travel, we will think of his goodness, raise a glass and shed a tear in his honour and remind ourselves how fortunate we were to have had him in our lives.

There is nothing more that we or anyone else could have asked of him - except for another 20 or 25 years of his grace, wisdom and fellowship.

The Mugan and Craig Families
Pickering, Ontario
Michael & France Mugan
October 10, 2012
I cannot even begin to list all the wonderful experiences I have had working with Dr Eitel for 26 years! From the thank you for coming to work with Dave days, which were so numerous I cannot count, to funny stories. He was a gentle physician to all of his patients, even the most difficult. He always had the time to offer education for anything, exercise, medicine, meat rubs, Moscow Mule, anything. We will remember you fondly, forever.
Deb and Jeff Wolf
October 9, 2012
What an inspiration he was. Our hearts ache for the Eitel family. He will live on within you and continue to be your light.
Charlie and Lori Johnson
October 9, 2012
Dave was a brilliant physician and deeply valued colleague. His ability to inspire his students and fellow physicians to be better doctors and better people leaves a tremendous legacy.
Alyssa Moyer
October 9, 2012
Dave you brought so much knowledge, life and caring to everything and everyone you encountered. You will be missed greatly.
Margie Hinkle (Mitzel)
October 9, 2012
If life is measured by the people you touch then Dave lead an exceptional life. He was gentle, caring , encouraging and giving and will be dearly missed and not forgotten. He lives on in all of us who loved and admired him.
Michael Kleinman
October 9, 2012
What wonderful accomplishments Dave did.
It was such a joy to know him and all your family. God bless you all.
Eric & Jackie Sandblade
Jackie Sandblade
October 9, 2012
The entire Eitel family has been in my thoughts and prayers. Dave was a such a great man, and I know you all have many happy memories to cherish. May you find comfort in these happy times. RIP Dave
Kelly Hartlaub
October 9, 2012
A life well lived and taken too soon. It was my privilege to have learned so much from such a great man. Our family is mourning with yours.
Dan Bledsoe
October 9, 2012
i am so sorry to hear about your loss, kristen.
deirdre
October 9, 2012
Dave was a truly awesome person and will be missed by all who knew him. Our love connections do live on and he will continue to watch over his family and send you his love. We will all continue to send him our love and thank him for sharing our lives with us.
Gloria Duke
October 9, 2012
our deepest sympathy to the family. tom peg cutler
October 9, 2012
Your family is in the hearts and thoughts of all who knew Dave. He was a wonderful man, and we were lucky to have him. Love you all.
Barbi Harmon
October 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Eitel Family. My heart is filled with happiness that I had the pleasure of knowing Dr Eitel. May you feel the comfort from all your loved ones and friends during the time of your loss. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times togetheras you celebrate a life well lived. We have a great angel looking over all of us. I love you!
Amber Rinehold
October 9, 2012
RIP Dr. Eitel, you were a great man, doctor and mentor. You will be missed.

Karen Frank
Patient Rep
Karen Frank
October 9, 2012
Smiles that he lived and was a part of our lives! But my sympathy to Lindy, Jessica, Kristin and Justin. I know you will be strong in each other and with his enormous love for all of you.
Sharon Pitzer
October 9, 2012
Dave will be greatly missed by all who knew him and ones he helped and didn't even know. We love all of you and you will be in our family's thoughts and prayers.
The Rineholds
October 9, 2012
Lynne
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness! Know that you have an extra special angel looking down on to you!!!
Danielle Danner
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