Critical Care Services
When the condition of a hospitalized patient becomes extremely dangerous or critical, they are immediately transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. The ICU at VHC Health is a 24-bed, fully-integrated, multi-specialty unit. We are very proud that Dr. Mary-Margaret Lewis is the current Director of VHC Health ICU, and she continues to have a tremendous positive impact there.
At PMA, our board-certified critical care physicians (also known as “Intensivists”) and acute care nurse practitioners are dedicated to the care and management of the entire VHC Health ICU. We work hand in hand with critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and a multitude of medical and surgical consultants to ensure that the highest level of care is delivered to each of our patients with confidence and immediacy. We are staffed, equipped, and experienced in handling a wide breadth of critical illnesses, from respiratory failure and loss of blood pressure to multi-organ failure and neurosurgical catastrophes.
Our team is staffed in house and available at the VHC Health 24/7 to ensure comprehensive management and unparalleled continuity of care at all times. Additionally, we are fortunate to have on our staff Thomas VanDruff, ACNP who is highly trained and experienced acute care nurse practitioners.
Our staff believes that critical care also includes respecting the health and wellbeing of the whole patient and understanding their personal and emotional needs. This requires empathy and communication, which we regularly employ to ensure that patients and their families can have confidence in the personal, respectful, and high-quality care the patient is receiving.
We are also proud to be an official academic site for both Georgetown University and Bethesda Naval internal medicine residencies, and we foster advanced education, literature review, and evidence-based medicine in our practice.
Our Critical Care Providers
Lawrence M. Stein, MD, FACP, FCCP