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 hospital care may be directed by a “Hospitalist." As the
name implies, this physician specializes in taking care of hospitalized
patients. Hospitalists work with your doctor and other members of your
Your nurse provides a critical link between you and your health care team.
Nurses communicate your needs to your health care team and keep you informed
about your medications, in-hospital plan of care and post-hospital home care.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) perform basic nursing care such as bathing,
positioning and other activities that provide for your overall comfort
and safety. The CNA applies devices such as slings and braces, sets up
medical equipment in the room and safely transfers you between patient
care areas in the hospital.
Imaging and Cardiology Staff
Your Imaging and Cardiology staff are important members of your care team.
Radiologic and Imaging Technologists operate equipment to diagnose and
treat your medical condition. Cardiology Technologists perform non-invasive
cardiac testing, such as EKGs, echocardiograms and stress tests.
Your Respiratory Therapist operates equipment used in the treatment of
your respiratory problems or illnesses. Performs breathing treatments
and manages ventilators in the ICU.
Your Phlebotomist draws blood for laboratory testing, as ordered by your
Although you may not meet a hospital pharmacist, they are important members
of your health care team. They prepare medications, monitor drug therapy
for potential side effects, allergies and possible food and drug interactions.
Physical, occupational or speech 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.
Working closely with your health care team, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
ensure that you are receiving the appropriate balance of nutritional meals
throughout your stay.
Social Workers can assist you and your family members with problems and
difficulties due to your illness or injury. Torrance Memorial has extensive
care services and referrals to community resources.
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
Volunteers assist throughout the medical center and are available to help
you and your family in many ways during the patient stay. They also provide
unique services such as visits from spiritual care and patient representative
volunteers, piano performance, pet visitation, and cheerful clowns.