The medical/surgical services team at Spooner Health includes physicians, advance practice nurse practitioner hospitalists, nurses, imaging technicians, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, social worker and other allied healthcare professionals who work together to give you personalized and compassionate care.
This team is tailored to each patient’s needs depending on the severity and type of injury or illness, ensuring each person receives individualized care.
One member of the inpatient care team is the advance practice nurse practitioner hospitalist. This is a provider who specializes in caring for patients who are in the hospital. The hospitalist will work closely with a patient’s primary care and specialty physicians to ensure the most effective treatment plan. The hospitalist will also be available to answer questions, go over test results and manage your medical needs during a hospital stay.
Another part of the inpatient care team is social services. Spooner Health has a social worker available to help patients and/or family with social, emotional and financial concerns related to a hospital stay, rehabilitation or long-term care. The social worker is also able to provide information about community services that are available upon discharge.
Electronic Medical Records
In addition to the care team, Spooner Health has implemented an electronic medical record (EMR) system to further increase the level of care patients receive. With this EMR:
- Caregivers are able to update patient medical records right at the bed side, and therefore, spend less time charting and more time providing care.
- Barcodes on medications are verified with the barcode on a patient’s wristband, ensuring each patient is receiving the right medication, at the right dose and at the right time.
- Everything is updated in real time, so primary and specialty physicians can view a patient’s records without having to wait and receive a paper chart.
Observation is a special service that allows you to be in the hospital for a short time to evaluate or treat your symptoms. An observation stay may be beneficial to a patient who is experiencing:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Delayed recovery from an outpatient surgical procedure
Usually an outpatient observation stay lasts 24 hours, after which, your physician will determine if you need to be:
- Admitted as an inpatient
- Transferred to another hospital or medical facility
- Discharged back home