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GAMC Partners with Loma Linda University Medical Center to Offer Joint Intensivist Program

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LOS ANGELES – Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) has partnered with Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLMC) to provide 24/7 ICU Intensivist Services for all of GAMC’s ICU beds. This new service line allows management of more complex patients at the medical center who require constant physician presence for their tertiary/quaternary care needs. 

After much preparation, GAMC is integrating its existing board certified critical care intensivists with the team from LLUMC to provide inpatient coverage 365 days a year. The program which started November 3, 2014 has been structured as a consultative service for all ICU inpatients, requiring critical care services. In addition, the intensivists also serve as the primary responders to all code blue and resuscitation situations in the entire medical center.

“We are excited to have the LLUMC team join the GAMC family and share in our commitment to care for the sickest patients we serve. This is the second stage of our targeted approach to help reduce sepsis mortality and improve and standardize post-surgical critical care,” said Arby Nahapetian, MD, VP, Medical Affairs and Quality at GAMC and regional chief medical officer for Adventist Health-Southern California Region. “The team includes neuro-critical care-boarded specialists as well as national sepsis guideline-published primary authors who have particular expertise in quaternary neuro-critical care and sepsis bundle deployment. They are the embodiment of national best practice being delivered in the private hospital setting. ” 

“As part of the program, there will be no change in our patients’ relationship with their primary care physician (PCP). The admitting PCP will remain the 'captain of the ship,'" said Dr. Nahapetian. The attending/admitting PCPs will continue to follow and admit patients through all areas of the hospital. The intensivists will function as consultants in the ICUs and assist our PCPs and surgeons in the management of ventilators, sepsis bundles, and critical care services."

The third phase of the program is expected to be launched in the coming months, in collaboration with Adventist Health, GAMC’s parent company located in Sacramento, to provide Tele-ICU services for other Adventist Health hospitals throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

“We are excited by the potential this partnership has to offer, and the creative support that this extends to our existing critical care physicians, surgeons and patients,” said Dr. Nahapetian. 

Glendale Adventist Medical Center was established in 1905 and is a trusted 515-bed hospital serving the Glendale area and surrounding communities.