Intensivist services begin in critical care
SAMC recently launched an Intensivist program with physicians from Pulmonary Associates, PA.
Marvin W. Sexton, MD, who is fellowship trained in critical care medicine, will serve as the medical director for the program. The intensivist program is a comprehensive approach to caring for CCU patients 24/7. The intensivist will not replace the attending physician or any consults assisting in the care of CCU patients. They will provide timely and coordinated primary care within the CCU.
The purposes of an intensivist program at SAMC are to ensure the availability of physicians to provide intensivist services and to promote:
- Access to high-quality intensivist services
- Consistent medical supervision and administration of intensivist services
- The consistent delivery of evidence based medicine through the implementation of standardized procedures, protocols and appropriate criteria
- The efficient selection and use of equipment used in the provision of intensivist services
- Coordinated quality and utilization management activities in the provision of intensivist services
“Intensivists are trained and experienced in treating complex issues and averting complications that often arise quickly with CCU patients,” said Charles L. Harkness, DO, SAMC Chief Medical Officer. “The intensivist program is another way SAMC is continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure our patients receive the quality care they expect and deserve through evidence based medicine.”
A national study shows that more than 160,000 lives can be saved annually by Intensivist led CCUs, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).
SAMC’s intensivists include (from left): Alan W. Purvis, MD; Dale Prophet, MD; Walter J. Doty, IV, MD; Brian R. Sinclair, MD; Marvin W. Sexton, MD and Allen Latimer, MD.