Every morning in the Intensive Care Unit at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), James Gasperino, MD, Chair of Medicine, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Critical Care, convenes Morning Report. Here, the hospital’s most experienced intensive care physicians gather with every staff member who plays a role in managing ICU patients—nurses, residents and ancillary services. “It’s the largest inter-professional team in the hospital. We work together to capitalize on everyone’s individual strengths so a team of experts becomes an expert team,” says Dr. Gasperino.
Under Dr. Gasperino’s leadership, TBHC has created a Center for Critical Care Services, the first of its kind in Brooklyn. The center provides quality patient care, education and research infrastructure for critical care services. Dr. Gasperino is its founding director. “Now, our most experienced staff focus their efforts on our sickest patients,” he says. “People are walking out of our hospital today that probably wouldn’t have walked out of other hospitals. I am very proud of the team.”
The benefit goes beyond the ICU. The center is also home to the Critical Care Outreach Service. “When a patient is in crisis anywhere in the hospital, a rescue squad can show up to help led by the most experienced, expert attending physician available,” Dr. Gasperino says.
Dr. Gasperino brings a national reputation in critical care to this endeavor. The Society of Critical Care Medicine named him as just one of 23 members of the Academic Leaders in Critical Care Medicine advisory group, which contributes to the creation of national guidelines for delivering critical care.
Dr. Shalom Buchbinder, TBHC’s Chief Medical Officer, points out that, “Patients and their families can have peace of mind that experienced attending physicians are taking care of their loved ones. They are being treated by highly qualified doctors when they are at TBHC.”