Our hospital provides a range of medical services to meet virtually all your health care needs. From our extensive inpatient services to our wellness programs, all of our health care services are provided by qualified, caring individuals.
During your stay, you will meet many members of our health care team. Each of these individuals is a dedicated professional whose primary concern is your good health.
All hospital employees are required to wear identification badges, which display the employee’s name and job title. You have the right to refuse service from anyone not properly identified.
In addition to your attending physician and primary nurses, you may meet:
Hospitalists – Attending physicians board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine who only practice in the hospital. They represent community primary physicians who no longer see their patients in the hospital setting. They also respond to inpatient medical emergencies.
Registered nurses – Focus on patient assessment, treatment, monitoring and teaching for you and your family.
Patient care technicians – Assist the registered nurse by taking your vital signs, assisting you with eating and activities of daily living, taking your blood and other specimens, and assisting with some of your testing.
Consultants – Serve at the request of your attending physician. Medical house staff licensed physicians receiving postgraduate training. House physicians are supervised by your attending physician.
Medical students – Are from area medical schools, and train under your attending and resident physicians.
Physician assistants – Have a college degree, two years of training in the health profession, and are nationally-certified and state-licensed assistants to your physician.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) – Board-certified advance practice RNs that are educated at the masters or doctoral level. NPs have an expanded scope of practice beyond that of a registered nurse, which includes that ability to assess, diagnose and prescribe.
Case managers – Work collaboratively with the medical staff, multidisciplinary patient care staff, you and your family to effectively coordinate care throughout your inpatient stay; and assess, plan and implement an appropriate discharge plan to meet your individual health care needs.
Social workers – Can assist you and your family in dealing with discharge planning and the psychosocial problems that may result from hospitalization and illness.
Chaplains – Are available to assist you and your family with your spiritual needs and concerns.
Home care coordinators – Arrange for professional medical services and equipment to be provided in your home.
Nursing students – Are from local colleges and universities.
Other members of your health care team may include:
- Diagnostic staff who will perform any diagnostic tests prescribed by your physician
- Therapists who are specially trained to aid you on your road to recovery
- Patient transport team members who will escort you to the appropriate area for your diagnostic tests or treatments
Working behind the scenes in pharmacy, nutrition, environmental services, maintenance, security, administration and many other departments, are many other dedicated individuals, all of who are here to serve your needs.
In addition to our fine staff of professionals is our corps of dedicated volunteers. These men and women work throughout the hospital, visiting and transporting patients, providing information to visitors, and performing many other duties.
Health care staff assignments for patients
Patient care and other assignments are made based upon the professional assessment of the person responsible for making such assignments without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. The responsible person will make the assignments by considering patient needs in conjunction with health care or other service providers’ training, expertise, credentials and experience. Assignments are not made or changed based upon the requests of patients or family members if the requests are based upon age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. Any request for a change of patient assignment will be referred to the unit manager or supervisor for review.
At Main Line Health, providing each patient and his or her family with information about his or her health, treatment options and care plans is a primary focus. We understand that too much or too little information can be challenging for you and your family. Please help us meet your needs by letting us know if there is anything else we can do to help you understand your condition and plan of care.
All of our highly qualified health care professionals attempt to provide patient information through several avenues. Each method provides information on a variety of health-related issues such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, women’s health, men’s health, maternity, orthopedics, nutrition, exercise, stress and many more. Listed below are a few of the opportunities for education that you may encounter during your stay:
- Patient education TV – Features a variety of health-related educational programs throughout the day. Please take advantage of an educational program—it may help to answer some of your questions. Please ask your nurse or health care professional for information and guidance on how to access the Patient Education channel.
- Written material – A variety of written material is available on each nursing unit and in each specialty area. We make every attempt to provide you with current information, but if we haven’t met your expectations, please let us know.
- Health care professionals – We have a diverse group of highly qualified health care professionals to answer your questions. If you have a question about your health, a medical test or procedure, diet, exercise, etc., please ask.
- Community health education and screenings – Main Line Health is committed to providing a range of health education and screenings. We offer seminars that cover a variety of topics such as heart disease, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health and men’s health.
Classes and screenings also address an array of health issues and interventions, such as blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, CPR classes, babysitting classes, nutrition, exercise and many more. For more information, please call 1.866.CALL.MLH (1.866.225.5654) or browse our event calendar online.