Borgess Critical Care Services
1521 Gull Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 |

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intensivist?

An intensivist is specifically trained and certified in the care of critically ill patients. They devote most of their professional time to the practice of critical care medicine, and promote quality care in the intensive care unit (ICU) and efficient use of critical care resources. Intensivists are also trained in and perform several critical care procedures, including tracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, and placement of intravascular catheters and monitoring devices.

How does the Critical Care Service function?

An Intensivist directs the care of ICU patients by leading a team of healthcare professionals in the delivery of care to critically ill or injured patients. Intensivists participate in daily management activities and are physically present in the ICU, free of competing obligations.

Why does Borgess Medical Center have a Critical Care Service?

Critically ill patients benefit from doctors specialized in critical care medicine. Recent studies have demonstrated that the sickest patients have better outcomes when cared for by intensivists. The Leapfrog Group (a special organization working to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans) recommends that hospitals provide intensivist physician staffing for ICUs. Intensivists at Borgess Medical Center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Borgess offers the full spectrum of specialized services and procedures necessary to provide comprehensive critical care to the most severely ill patients. These services include:

  • Trauma
  • Neurosurgery
  • Acute stroke management and interventional neurology
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Acute care dialysis and nephrology (kidney) specialist
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Advanced imaging and interventional radiology

How is a patient referred to Borgess Critical Care Services?

For a referral, call patient access at 269.226.4852
and ask to speak to the on-call intensivist.