Dr. Dave Livingstone, Chairman, Anesthesiology, is especially proud of the partnership between BronxCare and North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA), the largest single-specialty anesthesia and perioperative management company in the United States. This partnership is providing BronxCare with an expanded level of anesthesia care and related management services. NAPA is widely recognized for its strong network of physicians that utilize their extensive experience to meet the needs of the hospitals served by them, with a most important emphasis on patients and OR staff.
Patient safety and value generation are of paramount importance to the department and BronxCare. NAPA offers efficient and cost effective quality health care, while yielding optimal perioperative outcomes.
“Our program improvements are clearly visible and we are continuing to move forward and excel, as evidenced by the modification of patient flow, including operational dynamics."
In addition to anesthesia services provided in the OR setting, Dr. Livingstone’s clinical team offer a diverse array of leading techniques in regional anesthesia, providing a comprehensive and multimodal approach to treating and managing acute pain. In the orthopaedic area, patients have the opportunity to undergo total joint replacement surgery, using ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block techniques, with the benefits of improved pain reduction and increased patient satisfaction.
Another Anesthesiology endeavor involves the process of revamping the pre-surgical testing unit. Working with nursing leadership, the department has developed an effective and comprehensive goal directed pre-surgical testing model. This significantly enhances the level of care provided to patients. In addition, the model is expected to result in risk stratification and appropriate preparation for surgery, fundamental to managing an operating room suite and optimizing patient care. Moreover, it gives the anesthesiologists and surgical team a window of opportunity to preemptively assess the needs of patients later in the operative course.
“It is clear that Bronx-Lebanon’s Centers of Excellence are benefiting from our services, with collaboration the key to our success. We are an integral part of a major teaching hospital and that is a strong motivating factor for us.”