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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


Forbes Regional Hospital Adds 24-Hour Intensivist Coverage to Intensive Care Unit

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

In an effort to provide enhanced, around-the-clock coverage of critically ill patients at Forbes Hospital, the Hospital’s Division of Critical Care Medicine has expanded the scope and capabilities of its in-house intensivist service. Intensivists are physicians typically trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine who specialize in the treatment of critically ill intensive care unit (ICU) patients. 

Forbes’ critical care intensivist service is now afforded to patients on a 24-hour basis by a fellowship-trained, critical care medicine physician who is in-hospital and able to respond to the critical care needs of Forbes’ expanding patient population.

In addition to providing care for patients admitted to Forbes’ medical-surgical and cardiovascular intensive care units, intensivists also cover a spectrum of patient emergencies throughout the hospital, including all Rapid Response Team Alerts and Code Alerts. The Rapid Response Team is called when a patient has a change in condition that warrants immediate attention and a Code Alert is called when a patient is in cardiovascular or pulmonary arrest. In addition, the intensivist responds to all Neuro Alerts outside of the emergency room to allow rapid, expert evaluation of patients who have suffered acute neurologic changes.

In order to cover Forbes on a 24-hour basis, the hospital has expanded the number of critical care attending physicians who will be providing intensive care services. In addition to the hospital’s existing intensivist staff of Michael Hansen, MD, Jennifer McComb, MD and Patrick Digiacomo, MD, both Joe Rossi, MD and Giath Shari, MD, will now be providing critical care intensivist services at Forbes.

Dr. Rossi is currently an intensivist at West Penn and has been working primarily in the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit for the past 16 years. He is board-certified in both pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Dr. Shari trained in internal medicine at West Penn Hospital and then went on to the Mayo Clinic for fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He works exclusively at Forbes.

“Twenty-four hour intensivist coverage allows Forbes to provide even more sophisticated management of patients requiring critical care evaluation and therapy,” said Michael Hansen, MD, Vice Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Forbes. “The presence of in-house critical care expertise means that patients can be seen and evaluated expeditiously and cutting-edge critical care therapy can be instituted quickly regardless of the time of day or night.”

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