Our interdisciplinary Clinical Team is composed of dedicated healthcare professionals who strive to deliver superior patient care and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients.
The Attending Physician is the head of the clinical team. They are a member of our highly qualified medical staff and are responsible for the course of clinical treatment. This physician will responsible for writing the actual discharge or transfer order when a patient is ready to leave Cornerstone Hospital. The Attending Physician may request specialized physician consultative support in one or more of the following areas to assist in patient care: Pulmonary Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Rehabilitation, and Nephrology, among others. Patients will be visited by their Attending Physician on a daily basis. Consulting physicians may visit on an as needed basis.
The highest quality of nursing care is provided at Cornerstone Hospital. Patient care is planned and implemented by professional nurses under the guidance of a physician. If a patient is being cared for in our Intensive Care or High Observation Unit, this care is provided by nurses specialized in Critical Care. In addition to our staff of Registered Nurses and Critical Care Nurses, we also have Licensed Vocational Nurses and Nursing Patient Care Technicians as members of our team. The Chief Nursing Officer, Register Nurse House Supervisor or Charge Nurse is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions about nursing care or any other concerns.
The Case Manager will follow and manage a patient’s case from admission to discharge or transfer. The Case Manager will work to arrange each patient’s discharge needs to ensure that the transition proceeds as smoothly and safely as possible. If a patient has commercial or private insurance, the Case Manager will also work with the patient’s insurance company to certify the hospital stay, verify benefits, and coordinate discharge needs within available insurance benefits. A patient’s length of hospitalization at Cornerstone is estimated based on the diagnosis, individualized plan of care and recovery process.
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists work with patients who have impairments, limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes. Their role includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions toward achieving the highest functional outcomes for each patient. Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength or endurance. They encourage patients to use their muscles to further increase flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to exercises improving strength, balance, coordination and endurance. Their goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and home. These services are generally available Monday – Friday during normal business hours and as needed on the weekend depending on a patient’s plan of care.
Speech-Language Pathologists work with individuals whose oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, or language skills have been affected by a neurological event/disease, head/neck cancer, or possibly debilitation related to an underlying medical disease process. Speech-Language Pathologists develop an individualized plan of care, tailored to each patient’s needs. Speech-Language Pathologists may recommend alternate nutrition based upon aspiration risk when swallowing, recommend diet level modification to reduce aspiration risk when swallowing, design an individualized augmentative communication system or prescribe a speech generating device for individuals with nonfunctional speech. In addition, they provide education to patients, their family members and caregivers regarding impairments, disease processes and compensatory strategies. They develop daily home programs unique to each individual’s strengths and weakness that facilitate maintenance of swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, or language skills at an optimal level. These services are also available Monday – Friday during normal business hours and as needed on the weekend depending on a patient’s plan of care.
Respiratory Therapists provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. Care provided by Respiratory Therapists may include administration of oxygen, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, management of mechanical ventilators, administering drugs to the lungs, monitoring cardiopulmonary systems and measuring lung function. In addition, they perform chest physiotherapy on patients to remove mucus from their lungs and improve breathing. Respiratory Therapists also administer aerosols – liquid medications suspended in a gas that forms a mist which is inhaled – and teach patients how to inhale the aerosol properly to assure its effectiveness. A respiratory therapist is on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Cornerstone Hospitals.
The Dietitian ensures that a therapeutic diet provides the patient with the necessary nutrition to help in recovery. The Dietitian will assess for specific dietary needs, meal preferences and allergies. As the patient progresses in their recovery, the Dietitian will also work with the physician and speech-language pathologist to advance the patient’s diet safely.
Pharmacy services are provided by a licensed pharmacist. The hospital staff is responsible to administer all of a patient’s medications. Patients should not take any home medications during their hospital stay without authorization from the Attending Physician. On occasion, personal home medications can be used, but they must first be reviewed by our pharmacist and stored in our medication room.
Other Health Care Professionals
Other professionals are available to join the clinical team as indicated by the patient’s health needs and goals.