Critical Care and Intensivists
Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) generally have life-threatening illnesses or serious conditions that require highly specialized medical care, close observation and round-the-clock monitoring. Intensivists — specially trained critical care physicians with advanced board certification — work closely with attending physicians and critical care staff to provide advanced care in the ICU.
At Memorial Healthcare System, intensivists form the cornerstone of the multidisciplinary critical care delivery team. Studies show that ICUs staffed and led by intensivists positively impacts the overall quality of care by:
- Improving outcomes
- Increasing patients' survival rate
- Decreasing patients' length of stay in the ICU*
An Advanced Care Model
Memorial Intensivist Group is comprised of highly skilled critical care specialists who follow evidence-based guidelines to deliver the highest level of care to patients. Our on-site critical care specialists are immediately available to respond to critically ill patients anywhere in Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital West.
In addition to their critical care specialization, many of our intensivists hold multiple board certifications in a variety of sub-specialties including:
- Neuro-critical care
- Infectious diseases
- Palliative care
- General surgery
- Sleep medicine
Our intensivists lead an integrated ICU team by collaborating with specialists across multiple disciplines including:
- Respiratory therapists
- Care managers
- Social workers
- Dedicated ICU pharmacists
- Speech therapists
- Physical therapists
The ICU team rounds daily, comprehensively addressing all aspects of patient care. As part of our commitment to patient- and family-centered care, families are encouraged to attend the daily ICU multidisciplinary rounds.
* Source: Critical Care Medicine