Michelle Harkins, MD, and Jon Marinaro, MD, have been named chiefs of Adult Critical Care across the UNM Health System.
Harkins, a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, will represent medical critical care, while Marinaro, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, will represent surgical critical care in the newly created UNM Center for Adult Critical Care.
Both will report to the Center’s nine-member steering committee composed of the chairs of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, the UNM Health System's executive physician in chief, and CEO, chief medical officer and chief nursing officer of UNM Hospital.
Joining together adult medical and surgical critical care will streamline care, improve communication and educational initiatives and promote a collaborative staffing model, said Irene Agostini, MD, UNMH chief medical officer.
“The center will provide multidisciplinary, collaborative, state-of-the-art critical care while educating physicians-in-training in all aspects of modern critical care,” Agostini said.
The new center's 30 physicians will provide 24/7 adult critical care for patients in the hospital's medical, cardiothoracic-vascular, trauma surgical burn, neurosurgical and night critical care services.
Harkins’ and Marinaro's belief in a multidisciplinary model will ensure that physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dieticians and other allied health professionals work together to care for some of New Mexico's sickest patients, Agostini said.