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Who is on my care team?

Question:

Who is on my care team?

Answer:

UAB Hospital is a teaching hospital, and as such, a team of physicians will take care of you. All physicians, nurses, and other staff are required to prominently display a photo identification badge that displays their name and functional title. All members of the care team are expected to introduce themselves and educate you about their role in your care and what you can expect. All physicians on your care team work together to deliver the best possible clinical experience and results. Although your physician team may change during your stay, we expect all physicians will introduce themselves when they join the team.

Know Your Care Team

Physicians
Your care will be coordinated by an attending physician alongside other physicians, who may include:

Consulting Physician – may see you at the request of your attending physician for specialized needs

Fellow Physician – a medical doctor pursuing in-depth knowledge in a specialized area of medicine

Resident Physician – a medical doctor enrolled in an educational program to expand his or her knowledge prior to practicing alone

Medical Student – may observe your care or assist in limited ways

Although your physician team may change during your stay, we expect all physicians to introduce themselves when they join the team.

Registered Nurse (RN)
UAB Hospital is recognized for nursing excellence and is the only hospital in the state of Alabama that holds Magnet status, a national designation for providing the highest level of nursing care. Your nurse will be your main contact in the coordination of your care. Your nurse is the first person you should ask if you have a problem or question.

Nurse Manager / Assistant Nurse Manager
The Nurse Manager of each unit is responsible for overseeing the operations of that unit. If you have any concerns, comments, or compliments about your care or the unit, please speak with the Nurse Manager or Assistant Nurse Manager.

Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Patient Care Technicians will assist clinical staff in many of your daily patient care needs.

Unit Secretaries (US)
The Unit Secretary helps coordinate the unit by answering the phones, assisting in supply management, answering patient call lights, and organizing forms and charts.

Pharmacists
Pharmacists prepare medication and monitor drug therapy for side effects, allergies, and food and drug interaction. They may visit to discuss medications with you.

Registered Dietitian
A Registered Dietitian may evaluate your nutritional needs and work with your care team for any diet modifications to improve your health.

Care Management and Social Services
Care Managers and Medical Social Workers will assist you in the discharge planning and care coordination process.

Patient Advocate 
Your Patient Advocate is here to assist you with anything you need during your stay, including any concerns about safety and security. Oftentimes, your Patient Advocate will meet with you on your day of admission to give you contact information and educate you about the Patient Advocate department. You may also reach your Patient Advocate by dialing *55 on your phone.

Pastoral Care
Hospitalization can be emotionally and spiritually challenging for patients, families, and guests. Our chaplain team is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to provide emotional and spiritual support specific to your faith and spiritual tradition. Please contact your nurse or dial *55 to request a visit by a Chaplain or dial (205) 934-4254 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Housekeeping & Food Services
Our Environmental Services team will keep your room clean and tidy. Food Services will assist with your meal delivery and tray set-up.

Other members of your care team may include radiology technicians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.

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