Your Care Team
The health care team may consist of numerous medical professionals. From
the moment you arrive at the medical center until the time you leave,
your physician coordinates your health care treatment. In addition to
this physician, you may receive care from nurses, therapists, dietitians,
pharmacists, laboratory, X-ray technologists, pulmonary staff, dietary
staff and social workers, as needed.
All health care professionals and volunteers can be easily identified by
photo identification badges that show their names and departments.
Your team of doctors is led by a Torrance Memorial Hospitalist, who is
in charge of your care. Each doctor on your team contributes to your care.
Registered nurses provide a critical link between the patient and the health
care team. In addition to contributing to your care, nurses communicate
your needs to your doctors and other team members and inform you about
your medications, in-hospital treatment and post-hospital home care. Registered
nurses also oversee other health care workers, such as care partners,
to ensure that your comfort and hygiene needs are met.
Although you may not meet the hospital pharmacists, they are important
members of your health care team. They preparing medications, and monitoring
drug therapy for effectiveness, potential side effects, allergies and
possible food and drug interactions.
Case Managers work with you, your family and your health care team to coordinate
your hospital stay. They are also available to assist with the planning
and coordination of your transition from the hospital to home or to other
Social Workers can assist you and your family members with any personal,
emotional and/or family problems and difficulties due to your illness
or injury. Individual, family and group support for sudden illness, separation
from home and job, bereavement, substance abuse, domestic violence and
other issues can be arranged, as well as referrals to community resources.
Working closely with your health care team, clinical dietitians ensure
that you are receiving the appropriate balance of nutritional meals throughout
Physical, occupational or other therapists may work with you to help you
regain your strength and function. If required, an individualized treatment
plan will be developed to help you meet your specific goals and provide
recommendations for post-discharge care.
Volunteers work throughout the medical center and are available to assist
hospital staff and patients.