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Dr. Jason Heavner

Chair, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
UM BWMC

heavner-dr-jasonIn the past two years, the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) created a Critical Care Outreach Program.

Dr. Jason Heavner said while critical care teams often have the expertise to diagnosis, prognosis and treat conditions with a high risk of organ failure or even death, in the current paradigm across the country the expertise is not able to be fully leveraged. The primary goal of the program was to expand the traditional role of the team to care for critical illness from prevention through survivorship.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Heavner said at times BWMC has had to increase its intensive care unit capacity by nearly 200%. But having established the infrastructure with the outreach program, the team was able to handle the rapid increase in needs.

“By building a strong, patient-centered, interdisciplinary critical care program that treats the entire spectrum of critical illness from prevention and early recognition through post-ICU survivorship, we have been able to tackle COVID-19 with vigor and resiliency to provide the highest level of evidence-based care to our patients despite the unprecedented and ever-developing landscape of the pandemic,” Heavner said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.