The Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) includes a large hospital in the St. Louis suburbs as well as smaller hospitals in rural counties. The hospital had identified two key challenges:
To meet the critical care needs of the range of hospitals and communities, Vituity rolled out a hub-and -spoke model, where the services of the tertiary care hospital become a centralized resource across the region. The intensivist group became a single team, providing onsite and tele-ICU coverage across all four hospitals.
At the same time, thanks to our integrated approach, critical care, hospital medicine, and emergency medicine physicians worked together across hospitals. As a result:
All four hospitals in the HSHS Southern Illinois Division continue to offer local high acuity services, benefiting the patient and the community. As healthcare moves to meeting patients when, where, and how they need care, we believe this is the future of critical care.
What makes Vituity unique is our extraordinary sense of teamwork. When I visit the emergency department, it feels like an extension of my ICU. I see friends, colleagues, and, most importantly, partners looking out for our sickest patients and each other. In the end, the patient benefits most.
Pablo Echeverria, MD
Critical Care Medical Director