Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Critical Care & Pulmonary Consultants, PC is to deliver high quality pulmonary, sleep disorders, critical care, and inpatient medical care to our patients. We strive to deliver the highest competency of care in a compassionate and efficient manner, always keeping the concerns of patients and referring physicians as our top priority.
Who we are:
Critical Care and Pulmonary Consultants, P.C. is an established independent group of physicians trained in the subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Our group is comprised of four types of subspecialists – hospitalists, intensivists, pulmonologists, and sleep disorder specialists. We are not employees of the hospital or your insurance plan. However, we contract with both to ensure timely care during your hospital stay.
Hospitalists are internal medicine specialists or family medicine specialists, who focus on the medical care of acutely ill hospitalized people. Our physicians assume responsibility of the care on behalf of Primary Care Providers while patients are hospitalized.
Intensivists are specially trained to care for very sick (critically ill) patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This subspecialty requires additional professional training and board certification.
Pulmonologists specialize in care of people with respiratory or lung disorders. We provide consultation services for patients with lung problems in the hospital and at our out patient clinics.
Sleep specialists undergo sub-specialty training to manage sleep related disorders. Sleep medicine also requires additional board certification. Sleep disorders consultations and as well as the interpretation of sleep studies are generally performed outside the hospital.
What to expect on admission:
The process of admission to the hospital can be a confusing and stressful experience. Our goal is to make this an efficient and seamless transition. When appropriate and your condition allows, we work closely with your primary care provider (PCP) to expedite admission to the hospital without an emergency room visit.
Our physicians will see you shortly after arrival to the hospital. Our physicians are in the hospital 24/7 directing patient admissions. We have one or more physicians dedicated to admitting patients each day so that the patients are seen in a timely manner. Often the physician who admits you to the hospital is not the same physician who sees you the following days in the hospital. The hospitalist will be taking a complete history, perform a physical exam and coordinate your treatment plan. Our physicians obtain this information independently from other physicians so that they more clearly understand your medical condition and treatment needs. Depending on your condition, other consultants such as Cardiology may be asked to provide assistance as well. We will update your primary care provider.
What to expect during your stay:
Once in the hospital, CCPC physicians will be responsible for your care. We will be checking on you daily and be in communication with the nurses and other members of your care team to coordinate your recovery. Very often the majority of time managing your care is not done in your room. This time is spent reviewing your laboratory tests and x-rays, discussion with nurses and allied health professionals, and engaging in discussion and management decisions with other specialists. In addition, our physicians will be available 24/7 during your stay to manage any emergency issues that may arise during your hospital stay. Since it is not feasible for one physician to be present in the hospital all the time, the physician that rounds on you may be different from the physician you encountered during initial admission and you may be seen by a few of our doctors. We have a computerized sign-out system that allows effective and seamless transition of care between our doctors.
Family participation is central to your care. We encourage family conferences to update your loved ones as needed. To ensure that all family members and decision makers are present during family conferences, we schedule family conferences one day in advance. We have found that scheduled conferences, allowing all concerned family to attend, to be the most productive. Often our physicians are handling other patient urgencies, trying to discharge patients in a timely manner, or engaged in other patient care decisions that are time sensitive, which make non-scheduled conferences difficult to attend.
Our physicians will contact you directly or through your nurse for urgent family conferences that need to be held that day.