March 2003

St. Mary-Corwin in Pueblo Donates Equipment to Community College; Intensivists Begin Work


St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, Colo., recently donated X-ray equipment to the radiological sciences department at Pueblo Community College. The hospital donated a C-Arm to give students the opportunity to gain practical radiological experience in a classroom setting. In addition, St. Mary-Corwin is now staffing its intensive care unit (ICU) with intensivists: physicians who are specifically trained in critical care and are available during the day to assist other physicians with direct care in the ICU. All patients admitted to the ICU are assessed by an intensivist to assure that an appropriate specialist is managing the critical illness. Primary care physicians are encouraged to participate in their patients’ ICU care but may have their patients admitted primarily to an intensivist or specialist, if preferred. "Critical care-trained physicians improve patient care by reducing the mortality rate in the ICU," said Tom Anderson, chief executive officer of St. Mary-Corwin. "This new program should improve quality and satisfaction among families, nurses and physicians. St. Mary-Corwin is the first hospital in southern Colorado to provide the intensivist service. For more information, contact Wendi Dammann, marketing manager, at wendidammann@centura.org.