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These past 18 months have been a rollercoaster of
emotions, policies, and workflow changes in response to
the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. As a residency
training program, we have learned to deal with much
uncertainty and to always be adaptable. The Department
of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Health is
very proud of how our residents and faculty have learned
to work through adversity and build success.
The anesthesiology faculty and residents at Loma
Linda University Health continue to pursue both clinical
and basic science research. Over the past year, the
Department of Anesthesiology has produced 15 clinical
publications, 70 basic science manuscripts, 15 book
chapters, and 30 abstracts in a wide variety of academic
and research-oriented journals and textbooks.
From left: Ryan Lauer, MD, IJ Yazdani, PGY-4, Matthew Brown,
MD, and Rashmi Vandse, MD. Multidisciplinary discussion of a
challenging cardiac case.
and postoperative care of patients. The Perioperative
Surgical Home (PSH) is a care coordination model
that our department is using to the benefit of patients,
our hospital, and our residency training program. The
PSH model of care coordination incorporates daily
postoperative medical management into all treatment
plans. Patient, staff, and physician feedback regarding
this program has been well-received. Hospital cost
savings from efforts in care coordination have been
significant and are anticipated to continue to grow as the
program matures.
The new Carol and Dennis Troesh Medical Towers at Loma Linda
University Health.
A very exciting and momentous event in the history of
Loma Linda University Health and the Department of
Anesthesiology was the opening of the new Carol and
Dennis Troesh Medical Towers in August 2021. The new
hospital has 20 operating suites as well as a high-risk
obstetrical pavilion. The new state-of-the-art operating
suites, procedural areas, and OB pavilion will provide
clinical and academic training to the next generation of
anesthesiologists.
Taking control of patient management in all phases of
perioperative care sets patients up for a better surgical
course. The Department of Anesthesiology at Loma
Linda University Health has incorporated point-of-care
ultrasound (POCUS) training into the daily routine of
preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management,
From left: Dennis Propp, PGY-3, Melody Chang, MD, and Trevin
Nishibun, PGY-2, caring for patients on rounds in the SICU.
The vision of the Department of Anesthesiology
at Loma Linda University Health is that consultant
anesthesiologists of the future must continue to evolve
their skills and incorporate innovative ideas into their
daily practice.
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