SPRING HILL - Oak Hill Hospital last week launched its Critical Care Intensivist Program.
On Monday, a team of critical and intensive care professionals began providing around-the-clock services in the 36-bed intensive care unit in the hospital's North Tower, hospital officials said.
An "intensivist" acts as a team leader, working with primary care physicians, specialists, therapists and staff to ensure patients receive optimal care, the hospital stated.
Intensivists are also board certified physicians, trained to treat a range of complex medical conditions for critically ill patients. They have advanced skills for performing specialized lifesaving bedside procedures, according to the hospital.
Hospital officials said an intensivist will be on-site 24/7 to work with associates, physicians, patients and their families.
"This ability to immediately react to changing circumstances has been shown to bring about dramatic improvement in patient outcomes and satisfaction," the hospital stated in a news release.
Oak Hill Hospital's on-staff intensivists all have completed fellowship training in critical care medicine, the hospital said.
The hospital lists four medical doctors in the critical care program: John T. Malcynski, Ariosto E. Rosado, Adrian A. Salmon and Omid H. Zad.
The hospital states the benefits associated with the presence of an intensivist include: decreased mortality, improved outcomes, reduced ICU length of stay, fewer clinical and procedural complications, reduced cost per case, fewer adverse events, improved patient, family, private physician and staff satisfaction, focus on patient safety, improved morbidity, and decrease in ventilator days and associated complications.
Other benefits include a decrease in hospital acquired infection and appropriate placement of patients in the correct level of care, according to the hospital.
There are also benefits to physicians, according to the hospital, which includes the assurance that an intensivist level of care for critically ill patients is available around the clock, an ability to entrust medical care to intensive care specialists for surgical patients, prompt communication to the physician regarding the patient status and the course of treatment at the time of the patient's change in status, and an opportunity to visit patient and family to provide updates, as well as social support.
Oak Hill Hospital has been providing care to the Nature Coast since 1984, according to the hospital, and it is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus counties with 262 acute care beds.
It is also one of the area's largest private employers, and offers Hernando County's only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery.
The hospital's healthcare delivery team includes about 300 physicians, 950 associates and more 350 volunteers, according to the hospital.
Oak Hill Hospital is at 11375 Cortez Boulevard in Spring Hill, almost two miles east of U.S. 19 on State Road 50.