Acute Medical Services
As a medical rehabilitation provider, Siskin Hospital offers a wide array of physical rehabilitation services. However, many of the patients we serve are also in need of acute medical services. In order to operate in the most efficient manner possible, Siskin Hospital has made the decision to utilize an outside contractor in a number of areas.
Some of the more common acute medical services that you may require during your stay here are listed below, along with a summary of how we provide those services.
Rehabilitation medicine services and general acute care management during your inpatient stay will be provided by a small group of board certified physiatrists, who are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These physicians have their office located within Siskin Hospital, and they will be available on a daily basis to manage your medical needs. Someone within their group is also on-call at all times, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, in the event that you experience an unexpected medical need. In some cases your physiatrist may determine that you are experiencing a more complex medical need. In that case he will consult with one of the numerous outside specialists who are credentialed to provide services within this hospital. In rare cases, it may be determined that it is in your best interest to return to the acute care hospital to have your needs addressed. Outside consultants generally respond to your needs within twenty-four hours of a request by our in-house medical staff.
All routine pharmacy services that you require during your stay at Siskin Hospital are provided by in-house pharmacists. The medications that you require will be available to you on a daily basis, according to the dosage and frequency prescribed by your physician. Systems are also in place to obtain unexpected medications for you on a twenty-four hour per day basis, if the need arises. In the unlikely event that you require a medication that is not stocked in our on-site pharmacy, arrangements have been made with Erlanger Medical Center to obtain it immediately.
Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Services:
Siskin Hospital has a radiology suite in-house to provide for basic x-rays and for completion of swallowing studies. These in-house services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In the event that you require more complex diagnostic imaging services or need x-rays outside our normal hours of operation, we have made arrangements for these services to be provided at Erlanger. If it is required that you be transported to Erlanger for one of these services, you will be made aware of the scheduled time and will be transported to and from Erlanger by a Siskin Hospital staff member.
The collection of blood or other bodily fluids required for lab tests are drawn at Siskin Hospital, but these specimens are then sent to Memorial Hospital for processing. If your physician requires that results be received back on a STAT, or emergency basis, we would expect these results back to your in-house physician within two hours. The results of other routine laboratory tests will be back to your ordering physician later the day they are ordered, unless it is an unusual test that requires outside specialty processing. These types of tests are unusual and processing time varies.
Siskin Hospital has arranged to provide dialysis services through Erlanger Medical Center when they are needed during an inpatient stay. Once it has been determined that you will be admitted to Siskin Hospital, our staff will work with you and the staff at Erlanger to establish a regular schedule for dialysis sessions, according to the plan established by your physician. You will be escorted by Siskin Hospital staff both to and from your dialysis appointments and every effort will be made to establish a schedule that has the least impact on your daily therapy routine.
Blood or blood products are administered at Siskin Hospital if you should require them during your stay. However, in the event that you have an emergency need for these services or your physician feels that you might require other acute medical services, a decision may be made for you to receive these services at Erlanger Medical Center. If you are required to return to Erlanger from these services, you will be informed of the time of the procedure and you will be accompanied to and from that facility by a Siskin Hospital employee.