An intensivist is a physician who has advanced training and experience in the treatment of critically ill patients. Housed inside
hospital intensive care units, or ICUs, intensivists take a comprehensive approach to medical care. They oversee the many
decisions and specialty services needed by patients in the ICU.
Hamilton Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit provides patients and their families with the highest level of compassionate
care. Hamilton Medical Center’s Intensivist Program is led by Elwyn Clark, DO, a fellowship trained intensivist. The entire
intensivist team includes doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide detailed care for critically ill
patients in the ICU 24 hours a day.
HAMILTON MEDICAL CENTER I S T H E F I R S T H O S P I TA L
I N N AT I O N TO U S E N E W D I A LY S I S T E C H N O LOGY
U.S. to use a new type of continuous renal replacement
therapy recently approved by the Food and Drug
"Continuous renal replacement therapy is for patients who
typically have injuries to or problems with their kidneys
but are too sick to undergo regular dialysis," says Elwyn
Clark, MD, Hamilton's medical director of critical care.
"This is a therapy that can take that three or three and a
half hours of dialysis and spread it out over 24 hours, so
it's much more gentle on the patient."
WHAT I S A N
Continuous renal replacement therapy has been around
from the patient's blood. But the new machine is different
from previous devices. "Now, we have even more control
over the speed of the process,” says Dr. Clark.
“All of the nurses say it has allowed them to spend more
time at the bedside taking care of patients and less time
focused on the machine itself,” says, Brandy Salazar, clinical
nurse manager at Hamilton Medical Center.