Letter from the President
Providing around-the-clock patient care requires thousands of actions and interactions every day, carried out by a team with expertise in a broad range of areas. Clinicians are often the face of this team, but dozens of others fill crucial roles in ensuring that the care we provide is the best, most complete it can be. In this issue of Pulse, we introduce you to some of the more behind-the-scenes players and their parts.
We begin by taking you inside the areas of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, and patient transport. Then we move into Community Hospital’s lab, where tens of thousands of specimens are analyzed every year to help physicians make the most informed decisions about treatment.
Our tour continues in the Intensive Care Unit, where our clinical dietitians recently took part in an international research project about the best practices for providing nutrition to critically ill patients. Proper nutritional support can help patients get out of the ICU faster and recover more fully.
This issue also shares a success story from our bariatric surgery program, which is designated a Center of Excellence. Patient Debbie Tracy not only lost a significant amount of weight after surgery, but, more importantly, she shed numerous health problems and nearly a dozen medications she was taking to deal with them.
Finally, as summer is winding down, you’ll learn about an alternative to treating skin cancer surgically. Superficial radiation can be an excellent option, especially when cosmetic outcomes are particularly important.
We hope this issue provides some insights into the work we do, and, as always, we invite your feedback.
Steven Packer, MD