Patients who are the most seriously sick or injured are treated in our award-winning Critical Care Unit (CCU) where they're cared for by specially-trained critical care physicians known as intensivists.
The intensivists act as the team leader and they work closely with surgeons, specialists, therapists and our nursing staff to make sure each patient gets the best possible care for their specific needs. Intensivists are trained to treat a broad range of complex medical conditions and they have advanced skills for performing specialized bedside procedures.
Our team of nine intensivists provides onsite coverage 24/7.
For patients, the advantages of round-the-clock intensivist care include:
- When a medical emergency occurs, a doctor who is board certified in critical care is able to provide care in person.
- Intensivists coordinate care among specialists, nurses and other staff ensuring that the entire team is following the same strategy.
- Studies show patients who receive care in hospitals with an intensivist program have improved outcomes, lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays.
Read more about our intensivists program in the spring 2011 issue of Healthy Outlook.