During your stay, you may be cared for by several health care professionals, including physicians, laboratory and radiology personnel and rehab therapists. In addition, Lake Regional Hospital's family includes many behind-the-scenes workers, such as accountants, engineers, administrative assistants, food service workers and others who will contribute greatly to your well-being while you are here. People directly involved in your care include the following.
Your primary care physician or a hospitalist will supervise your care while you are hospitalized. A hospitalist specializes in caring for medical patients in the hospital and does not have an outpatient practice. An intensivist is a hospitalist who focuses on critically ill patients.
Hospitalists/intensivists assume physician responsibilities for patients whose primary care doctors do not admit patients to Lake Regional Hospital or for patients who do not currently have a primary care doctor. After the patient is discharged, the care ordered by the hospitalist/intensivist is continued by a primary care physician.
In each unit, a registered nurse is responsible for supervising patient care and directing nursing and support staff. RNs are assisted by licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and patient care technicians.
A registered dietitian will review your medical record and work with your health care team to develop a nutrition care plan for you. Registered dietitians also are available to educate you about any diets you may need to follow after you are discharged.
Our rehabilitation therapists will work with you, your family and your medical team to help meet goals of recovery. Therapy may range from brief consultation to long-term intervention, based on the extent of your injuries or illness.
Technicians and Technologists
Skilled health professionals perform and assist with laboratory and other procedures, including X-rays, mammograms, ultrasound, CT scans, MRIs, cardiac catheterization, radiation therapy and other procedures that help diagnose and treat your illness or injury.
Social workers are assigned to each unit and are trained to help patients and family members deal with financial, social and emotional problems related to illness or hospitalization. They work with patients and families to deal with long-term illnesses and rehabilitation and are involved in discharge planning. To speak to a social worker, ask a member of your care team to page them.
Your medications are dispensed by hospital pharmacists throughout your stay. They can answer any questions you have regarding your medications.
Lake Regional believes total patient care requires attention to the spiritual, as well as the physical and emotional needs of each patient. Our chaplain is available to patients and their families. A chapel also is located on the main floor of the hospital near the lobby elevators.
Patient Financial Services
Patient Financial Services staff can answer questions about your hospital bill and help you interpret hospital financial policies and billing procedures. For assistance, call 573-348-8370 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If a concern or problem interferes with your care, contact the patient representative at 573-348-8728.
Volunteers provide support throughout the hospital, including staffing the information desks, delivering mail and flowers, operating the gift and coffee shops and escorting patients.