Dr. Sharmila Ravindranathan has joined the staff at Rome Memorial Hospital as a member of its hospitalist team.
A hospitalist is a physician who cares for patients only while they are in the hospital. Hospitalists coordinate their care with patients’ personal physicians and specialists.
“We are pleased to welcome our new hospitalist, ‘Dr. Ravi’,” said Dr. Mark Emerick, medical director of the hospital’s hospitalist team from St. Joseph’s Health. “The role of the hospitalist is an important one in the continuity of care provided to our patients and Dr. Ravi has experience coordinating different aspects of patient care including diagnostic and therapeutic planning and working with the family to assure understanding of patient care plans.”
After earning her doctor of medicine degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Ravi completed her residency in internal medicine at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Aventura, Fla.
Dr. Ravi said her desire to help others stems from the treatment she and her family received after immigrating from war torn Sri Lanka to Canada.
“We were cared for by compassionate and genuine doctors who donated their time and energy in community clinics,” Dr. Ravi explained. “To this day, I remember feeling a depth of appreciation, when the horrors of wartime were fresh in my mind. As a reflection of my childhood role models, I have always wanted to become a physician.”
Dr. Ravi said she became interested in hospitalist medicine due to the fact that it encompasses all specialties yet, it allows room for further growth and specialization. As a hospitalist, she is also acutely aware of the importance of coordination of care between patients and their other care providers, as well as clear communication with patients and their family.
“My experiences in life have been so diverse. I have traveled and studied in multiple places around the world and this has instilled in me the knowledge, perspective, determination and compassion which allows me to communicate with my patients, their family members and their associated health care providers effectively and efficiently,” Dr. Ravi explained.
“Medical care entails multiple caregivers and care institutions,” Dr. Ravi continued. “It is vital to document, discuss up-to-date information and to communicate it among the different caregivers in order to ensure appropriate and high quality medical care.”
Hospitalists are available to patients 24-hours a day, seven days a week, which relieves the burden of primary care physicians having to be called into the hospital in the middle of the night. While hospitalists provide acute care to patients while they are in the hospital, they also play a key role in the health care spectrum by helping to arrange care plans for patients to follow after they have returned home.
Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health, which provides highly trained hospitalists to care for patients in the hospital’s medical/surgical, intensive care and progressive care units.