The Surgical Team at St. Croix Regional Medical Center consists of many different specialists. Depending on your surgery, you most likely will come in contact with many of these people.
Primary Care Provider — the Primary Care Provider is responsible for overall health on an on-going basis. They may perform a physical exam prior to surgery.
Surgeon — the Surgeon performs the surgery and takes responsibility for the overall health of surgical patients.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) — the CRNA monitors the patients’ well-being during the surgical procedure. They evaluate patients before surgery to determine an anesthesia plan of care to include pain control before, during and after surgery.
Nurse — you will encounter many nurses during this surgical process. Each of them performs very different functions. Pre-procedure screening nurses will take your medical history and assist with any labs/x-rays/EKGs you may need prior to surgery. Pre-operative nurses will prepare you for your surgery. Operating room nurses will assist the surgeon performing the operation and recovery room nurses will help you recover from your anesthesia before you go to your hospital room. Med/Surg nurses will assist you through your post-operative period, administering pain medications, performing wound care and playing an important role in your education.
Hospitalists — the Hospitalist is a provider who will assist in the care of any underlying medical conditions while patients are in the hospital. They will communicate with your primary care provider as needed at the time of discharge. All patients are seen by a hospitalist.
Hospital Pharmacist — the Hospital Pharmacist reviews all medication orders to ensure there are no interactions between prescribed medications or issues with allergies. They may also assist physicians to be sure pain management medications are effective.
Discharge Planner/Social Worker — The Discharge Planner/Social Worker coordinates discharge planning, which includes setting up resources, such as outpatient therapy, home health or arrangements for transitional care placement.