February 21, 2014
Spring Hill, FL - Oak Hill Hospital announces that it will launch its Critical Care Intensivist Program on Monday, February 24. Beginning Monday morning a team of critical care intensivists will work in conjunction with a team of other ICU (Intensive Care Unit) professionals to provide around-the-clock intensive care in the 36 bed ICU of the hospital’s North Tower. The intensivist acts as a team leader, working closely with primary care physicians, specialists, therapists, and staff to make sure each patient on the North Tower receives optimal care for their specific needs. Intensivists are board certified physicians, trained to treat a broad range of complex medical conditions for those patients who are critically ill. They have advanced skills for performing specialized lifesaving bedside procedures.
An intensivist will be onsite 24/7 to work with associates, physicians, patients and their family members. Once contacted, they will be available to provide face-to-face communication with the patient’s family. This ability to immediately react to changing circumstances has been shown to bring about dramatic improvement in patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Oak Hill Hospital’s on staff intensivists are all board certified physicians who have completed Fellowship training in critical care medicine.
Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgery Critical Care
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts; Trauma Critical Care at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residency: General Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
Internship: General Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan
Residency: Internal Medicine at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan
Internship: Internal Medicine at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois;
Board Certified in Critical Care and Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida
Residency: Internal Medicine at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
The difference is 24/7.
Patients in the critical care unit receive round-the-clock coverage by board certified physicians with specialized training in critical care management. When a medical emergency occurs, a doctor who is board certified in critical care is available to provide immediate assistance in person.
The benefits associated with the presence of an intensivist:
- Decreased mortality
- Improved outcomes
- Reduced ICU length of stay
- Fewer clinical and procedural complications
- Reduced cost per case
- Fewer adverse events
- Improved patient, family, private physician and staff satisfaction
- Focus on patient safety
- Improved morbidity
- Decrease in ventilator days and associated complications
- Decrease in hospital acquired infection
- Appropriate placement of patients in the correct level of care
Benefits to physicians:
- The assurance that an Intensivist level of care for critically ill patients is available around-the-clock
- The ability to entrust medical care to intensive care specialists for surgical patients
- Prompt communication to the physician regarding the patient status and the course of treatment at the time of the patient’s change in status
- Opportunity to visit patient and family to provide updates as well as social support
The Critical Care Intensivist Program is another indication that Oak Hill Hospital is making every effort to bring the highest standard of medical care to our area. In late June of this year, Oak Hill Hospital begins its Graduate Medical Education program. Ten residents in internal medicine have been accepted into the first year of its three-year program. Each year Oak Hill will add an additional ten internal medicine residents. By the third year of the program the hospital will have 30 residents in training.