Transplant Team Service
Transplant Team Service provides specialized medical care for patients with kidney, liver, pancreas, and bowel transplants. Hospitalists are the primary attendings of record for these patients and provide care two senior residents and a separate transplant pulmonologist if lung transplant patients are admitted. This service works closely with the transplant nephrology and transplant ID teams.
Complexity Intervention Unit
Introducing Froedtert Hospital's Complexity Intervention Unit (CIU). Opened in February 2023, our 16-bed acute care medical unit is designed to provide specialized care for patients with both active inpatient medical and psychiatric needs. Our board-certified physicians in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, along with the support of Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry, offer group/recreational therapy to help take care of patients in a holistic and concurrent manner. With a focus on safety, we ensure a caring and secure environment for both patients and staff. Please note that the CIU is not an inpatient psychiatric unit, but rather a facility dedicated to integrated care.
Admitting Medical Officers
Admitting Medical Officers (AMOs) are Hospitalists who provide 24/7 high-level, high-acuity care at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The AMO role at Froedtert Hospital was developed to serve several vital functions within our hospital.
- AMOs triage patients coming from all entry points including the Emergency Department, inter-hospital and intra-hospital transfers to appropriate services and level of care based on patient’s acuity. This includes requests for patient transfer to the Internal Medicine inpatient service from other services within our hospital, hospital Emergency Departments or inpatient services, direct admissions from MCW/Froedtert outpatient clinics. The AMOs serve a communication channel for the flow of patient care within this role.
- AMOs are the primary provider responders with the Rapid Response Team (RRT). The RRT responds to emergency calls across our campus, on inpatient and outpatient basis. During 2021, these calls included >3000 RRTs.
- AMOs function as a support and supervisory role 24/7 to our Internal Medicine residents working after hours as well as our cadre of Advanced Practice Providers working at Froedtert Hospital.
- The nocturnist AMO is part of the team that consists of physicians and advanced practice providers who provider inpatient care after hours. This team collaborates with Emergency Medicine, the Access Center, and specialty teams to triage and care for medical inpatients overnight. This includes cross coverage of an average >200 hospitalized patients, admissions to the medicine wards and perioperative consultation.
The Procedure Medicine Service is committed to providing the highest quality and safest bedside procedures to adult inpatients at Froedtert Hospital. In addition, the service offers comprehensive teaching on safe and appropriate procedural assessment and technique using ultrasound guidance for all of our procedures. In this model, hospitalists with procedural training and experience directly provide supervision to Internal Medicine Residents in ultrasound evaluation and guidance in performing Lumbar Puncture (diagnostic and with Intrathecal chemotherapy), paracentesis, thoracentesis, non-tunneled small-bore chest tubes, non-tunneled dialysis/apheresis catheters, central lines, bone marrow aspirate with biopsy, incision and drainage of non-cavitary abscesses, and arthrocentesis (large joints). Our team collaborates with and does procedures for a number of different services in addition to internal medicine, including neurology, surgical, and oncology services. This multi-disciplinary approach has allowed for streamlined and faster care to patients without the need for transporting them throughout the hospital. It has been demonstrated that our service model was associated with high levels of patient and provider satisfaction with inpatient bedside procedures.
The Procedure Medicine program is matrixed across all major business processes and, since inception, the standardized protocols and processes have increased hospital efficiency, and with a similar safety profile to interventional radiology.