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The crux of our mission at FMH is to “provide quality health care in a caring, cost efficient and convenient manner.” In today’s fast-paced world of medicine, the ability to achieve that mission depends on having highly trained specialists available around the clock. This is why FMH has found a way to provide this level of care continuously. Through special arrangements with physicians who specialize in particular areas of patient care, these “mission driven health services” assure that the care you need is available—every hour of every day, year round.
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of the unique needs of the hospitalized patient. As such, they take care of patients during the duration of their inpatient stays, including those who either do not have a primary care physician or are uninsured. Pediatric Hospitalists attend to the needs of hospitalized children. At FMH, those with advanced training in pediatric emergency services also provide specialized care in our Pediatric Emergency Department. In the event of an immediate or emergency delivery, FMH has also arranged for Obstetricians and Neonatologists to always be available.
Last year, more than 80,000 patients were treated through the FMH Emergency Department, making it among the busiest in the state. Because of the high volume of patients and the severity of the emergencies being treated, certified Emergency Physicians staff the FMH Emergency Department. In addition, the hospital has arranged for another group of specialists called Surgicalists to be available 24/7 to address urgent surgical conditions. In addition, a group of Anesthesiologists is also on call around-the-clock to allow for the shortest time possible between diagnosis and surgical intervention.
Emergency angioplasties are performed at FMH by a group of Interventional Cardiologists. At least one of these highly trained physicians is always available to the Code Heart team leaders when an emergency situation arises. With the advent of the interventional cardiology program came the need for specialists to care for these patients after surgery in the Intensive Care Unit. Called Intensivists, these doctors have been fellowship-trained in caring for patients in the ICU.