Intensivists from National Jewish Health provide round-the-clock care to critically ill patients in the Intensivist Care Unit (ICU) at Rose Medical. Research shows that hospitals with ICUs managed exclusively by board-certified intensivists have significantly lower mortality rates.
National Jewish Health intensivists are physicians participating in the critical care program. They are triple-board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Intensivists provide their undivided attention to the comprehensive evaluation and management of the critically ill patients in the ICU.
The intensivists coordinate the critical care program's multidisciplinary health care team, including the intensivists, consulting physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, chaplains, the patients themselves and their families. They ensure that a smooth, efficient continuum of care is provided and that all of the patients' needs are addressed.
Benefits associated with the intensivist approach include:
- Increased survival
- Reduced incidence of disease (morbidity)
- Reduced ICU length of stay (decrease in ventilator days)
- Fewer clinical and procedural complications
- Reduced costs per case
- Improved patient and staff satisfaction
- Focus on patient safety
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor who devotes his or her entire practice to patients who are in the hospital. They are not focused on just an organ such as the heart or lungs, or types of disease such as cancer. Hospitalists focus on the care patients need while they are in the hospital.
All National Jewish Health Hospitalists are:
- Board eligible or board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
- Dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care while you are hospitalized at Rose Medical Center
What services do Hospitalists provide?
- Quick follow-up on test results
- Consultation with you, your other physicians, your family and your primary care physician (PCP)
- Adjustment to your treatment regimen throughout the day and night
- Services to support your speedy recovery
- A smooth transition of care back to your PCP