The Department of Critical Care Medicine’s primary clinical focus is to provide sophisticated, timely, compassionate and expert care to the hospitalized and critically ill patients in our medical centers. Critical care medicine is unique in its clinical demands that include attending coverage and immediate direct patient consults and bedside supervision continuously throughout the health care system. In FY13, the adult Critical Care Division has continued to fulfill its mission of high quality around the clock patient care in its settings at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, UPMC Magee, UPMC Mercy, and the Oakland VA Hospitals. The Critical Care Pediatric Division has been able to better accommodate the needs of the critically ill pediatric population since moving into their state-of-the-art Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Cardiac ICU in 2010. Since FY11, the Pediatric Division has operated a telemedicine program with UPMC/ ISMETT’s Transplant Center in Palermo, Italy. Critical Care Medicine’s Hospitalist Division provides around the clock coverage at UPMC Passavant, UPMC Mercy and UPMC St Margaret.
The pie chart below depicts the allocation of clinical charges among the various facilities where our Department physicians provide service. The majority of clinical services are provided at the UPMC Presbyterian / Montefiore Intensive Care Units. The various units within UPMC Presbyterian / Montefiore have consistently been at, or very close to, full census for most of the fiscal year. Over the course of FY13, the volumes at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh accounted for approximately 20% of the Department’s charge volume.
The Department activity and charge volumes remained stable at Magee for FY13. The Hospitalist Division service accounts for approximately 22% of Departmental charges. This is a marked increase due to the on-boarding of additional Hospitalists and coverage revisions.