Keith Harris, DO, Director of Mather’s Intensivist Program, Honored by Local MediaJanuary 5, 2011
Keith Harris, DO, the founding director of
Dr. Harris, 35, was named to the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. The 40 Under 40 Awards recognize outstanding members of the
“I’m humbled. This is quite an award to receive at my stage in life,??? said Dr. Harris. “This is truly a testimonial to the hospital and the community. The reason why we have been able to make such an impact on the care of patients and their families in the ICU is because Mather believed in me. What we are doing has made a difference for the patients in the ICU and their families at Mather.???
In addition, Dr. Harris was named 2010 Man of the Year in Medicine by The Port Times Record newspaper for his outstanding contributions to the community. The awards recognize men and women who have contributed to the community in various fields, including business, education, government, civics, the arts and medicine.
Intensivists care for the most critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care Unit, Step-Down Unit and Emergency Department. They coordinate round-the-clock care and monitoring in those units and communicate with the patient’s primary care physician and other specialists who participate in the case. Studies have shown that patients whose care is managed by Intensivists in the ICU recover more quickly and achieve better clinical outcomes overall.
“Our service provides immediate intervention and support for the most critically ill patients in the hospital. That means not only treating the patients but also involving their family in what’s going on,??? said Dr. Harris, a pulmonologist with advanced training in critical care medicine.
Thanks largely to his efforts, the 24/7 program has become a successful and valued service at Mather.
“It was his dedication and vision that got it going,??? said Kenneth Roberts,
A multidisciplinary team in ICU and CCU meets daily to discuss cases and share the goals for care. “It helps support communication among caregivers and enhances education for the whole staff,??? says Harris.
At its beginning in 2008, Dr. Harris led the Intensivist service aided by one part-time Intensivist and three allied health professionals. There were some long hours, but “that’s what was needed to get the program established.??? said Dr. Harris, who today has a staff of seven Intensivists and five allied health professionals. “We made a commitment to the community, to the doctors and to the hospital that we were going to provide a service and I wasn't going to let anyone down.???
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