At MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC), patient care is a team effort. Our health professionals work together to provide you with the best possible care. Following are some of the care team members you may meet while you're here.
If your physician will not be caring for you during your stay, you will be cared for by an attending physician or "hospitalist." This physician will coordinate your care, check on you regularly and consult with specialists and other care team members as needed. Your family physician can monitor your progress and consult with your attending physician as well.
A resident is a physician receiving specialized clinical training in a hospital, usually after completing an internship. Because MGMC is affiliated with Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, we have residents caring for patients throughout the hospital in conjunction with patients' regular physician.
Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners
Physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They work closely with physicians to provide daily medical monitoring and management. They also conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care and write prescriptions.
Your nurses are at the center of your care team. Nurses work with other members of the team to plan, coordinate and carry out your day-to-day care. They will also provide education on your condition, medications, treatments and at-home care. If you have any questions about your care, please ask one of your nurses.
A social worker is available to talk with you about any personal, financial and other needs related to being in the hospital. Our social workers provide support to you and your family during this time and let you know about support groups that might be beneficial. If you want to meet with a social worker, please speak to your nurse, doctor or care manager.
Care managers work with patients, families and the treatment team to ensure you are receiving appropriate and timely care. Your care manager is a resource throughout your stay and will coordinate your safe return home or to another care environment, making sure all the equipment and services you need are in place. Learn more about Care Management.
Depending on your needs, you may receive physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapy during your stay. The goal of therapy is to help you achieve your maximum level of functioning and regain your independence.
If your doctor prescribes a special diet for you, a dietitian may visit you during your stay to explain the diet. The dietitian will also explain any special instructions to you and your family prior to discharge so you can maintain your prescribed diet at home, as needed.