The Department of Anesthesiology of the University Medical Group is comprised of physicians who specialize in the medical specialty of anesthesiology. Our physicians have been recruited over the years for their excellence and experience derived from some of the best medical institutions across the country. This allows us to offer comprehensive anesthesia services at the Greenville Memorial Medical campus, Patewood Medical Campus, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital, Laurens Memorial Hospital, and Cross Creek Surgery Center. Each anesthesiologist has completed an extensive anesthesiology residency program, some have completed advanced fellowship training and all are either board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Our mission is to deliver quality service to our patients by providing physician-led, comprehensive patient care while continually exploring ways to improve quality and remain innovative in strategies to reduce overall healthcare costs while enhancing perioperative healthcare delivery.
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Anesthesia Care Team
The physicians in the Department of Anesthesiology provide state-of-the-art care in surgical and obstetric anesthesia and peri-operative pain management. They practice the “team care” mode of anesthesia, consisting of an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist (a registered nurse with intensive care experience who has special training in the administration of anesthesia). These professionals are assisted by anesthesia technicians who provide essential maintenance and support functions. The members of the anesthesia care team work together to create and implement an anesthetic plan tailored to the specific needs and desires of each patient. The anesthesia care team approach is the most widely used anesthesia practice model in the country, and it provides the flexibility to respond to virtually any emergency or problem that may arise in the operating room.
An anesthesiologist, assisted by a registered nurse, interviews each patient before surgery to assess the patient’s medical condition and to plan the most appropriate anesthetic for that patient. The anesthesiologist who conducts the preoperative evaluation may or may not be the anesthesiologist responsible for the care of the patient at the time of surgery.
Many factors enter into the anesthesia plan, including the age and general health of the patient, the type of surgery, the needs of the surgical team and the patient’s preferences. In the operating room, an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist begin the anesthetic. Once the anesthesia plan has been initiated, the anesthesiologist may leave the operating room to attend to other patients. The patient is never left unattended: The nurse anesthetist or the anesthesiologist (or both) always will be with the patient, closely monitoring his or her medical status, safety and overall comfort. In addition, an anesthesiologist always is available to diagnose any post-anesthesia problems in the recovery room and to prescribe the appropriate therapy.
Our anesthesiologists are highly specialized physicians certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology after completion of many years of extensive and specialized training. Anesthesiologists are perioperative physicians who provide medical care to patients before, during, and after their surgical experience.
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