The Importance of Critical Care
Besides standard hospitalists, ICU patients are sometimes cared for by an Intensivist, or Critical Care physician. Critical Care physicians direct the care of patients who have life-threatening illnesses or conditions such as:
An Intensivist is important in a small-town hospital because unstable conditions require intensive monitoring, highly trained nursing staff, and an experienced subspecialty-trained physician to improve the quality of care and lessen the chance of a transfer to another hospital.
An Intensivist has completed a primary residency and board certification in a specialty such as surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology or pediatrics, and an additional two to three year fellowship and certification in Critical Care Medicine.
The Intensive Care unit has private, state-of-the-art patient rooms that are spacious enough to provide the treatment necessary for patient recovery. We are fully-equipped with cardiac and non-invasive monitoring equipment. Our staff is qualified and trained in the care and management of critically ill or injured patients.