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Intensely focused on critical care

Physician applying breathing apparatusAsante Three Rivers Medical Center is bolstering critical care with the addition of three intensivists — doctors who specialize in the care of our sickest patients. Critically ill patients often have complex medical issues involving multiple body systems, such as heart-, lung- and blood-related illnesses and injuries. Drs. Baldovino-Navarro, Arora and Obaidat have been specially trained to assess, diagnose and treat these patients.

Berta BaldovinoBerta Baldovino-Navarro, MDjoined Asante as the medical director of the Asante Three Rivers intensivist program. She completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the State University of New York and her internal medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Baldovino-Navarro is board-certified in critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. She has lived and worked in the Rogue Valley since 2014.

Rishi AuroraRishi Arora, MDcompleted a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care and his residency in internal medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He also worked at Noble Hospital in Fardidababd, India, as an internal medicine resident. He is board-certified in internal medicine and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr. ObaidatBaha Obaidat, MD
completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and his residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is board-certified in pulmonary disease and internal medicine.

Studies have shown that intensivist-staffed intensive care units lead to improved patient outcomes, including shorter stays and lower rates of complications and death, according to the National Institutes of Health website.

“Adding intensivists to our intensive care unit ensures our patients get the highly specialized care they need,” says Eric Loeliger, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at Asante Three Rivers.

The intensivist program is the latest in critical care improvements at Asante Three Rivers. In May, the hospital added a six-bed Intermediate Care Unit to augment its 12 beds in Intensive Care. The Intermediate Care Unit supports patients who are too sick to be on a general medical ward, but not sick enough to need intensive care.

“The Intermediate Care Unit allows us to provide a higher level of monitoring for patients who are transitioning out of intensive care or who may need a higher level of monitoring initially,” says Robert White, patient care manager in the ICU at Asante Three Rivers.

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