CMC's hospitalist program gets new director
Dr. William Goodman, pictured in an intensive care unit room, will lead Catholic Medical Center's hospitalist program. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“I like science and I’ve always been amazed by the human body,” said Goodman. “I also enjoy speaking with people and helping them solve important problems.
In 2008, Goodman spearheaded a systematic patient care approach at CMC that’s been widely written about and implemented throughout the country. The idea centers on having a team of doctors and specialists travel as a group from patient to patient. This team might include a doctor, a nurse practitioner, a nurse, a nutritionist, a pharmacist and any other specialist with knowledge relevant to a patient’s specific needs and issues.
“The feeling was this worked on 20 beds, why can’t we take the same idea and apply it to 230 beds?” said Goodman.
The first step, according to Goodman, is assigning patients to doctors. Next, each patient’s team will be pieced together based on individual needs. Under the current system, a doctor’s set of patients are spread out over multiple floors and in different sections of the hospital. Goodman said he plans to assign doctors a floor or section of patients so once each team is assembled, they won’t have to be constantly going up and down stairs or the elevator.
Although this approach to patient care and the position of hospitalist is somewhat new to CMC, both concepts have been documented and implemented throughout the country and in various medical and public health journals.
Goodman went to Tufts University for medical school. He completed his internal residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a critical care fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He earned a master’s in public health from Harvard University. According to Goodman, there’s around 20 beds in CMC’s ICU unit. In the Hospital Medicine department, there’s close to 10 times that amount. This proves a tremendous challenge in implementing. However, Goodman’s anything but worried about the increase.
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