With a Focus on You
During your stay, you will be cared for by many people. We encourage you to speak up, ask questions, and share concerns with the members of your health care team. If you have questions for your doctor or nurse, write them down so that you will not forget what they are. Being an active partner in your care and clear communication is key to helping us better meet your needs.
Wayne Memorial Hospital boasts a medical staff of 151 of the finest physicians in eastern North Carolina. When you are admitted to the Hospital, you can rest assured that our physicians are dedicated to patient-centered care.
Patients are admitted to our Hospital by physicians specializing in many areas to include but not limited to oncology, nephrology, surgery, OB / Gyn, internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Additionally, we have available many physicians specializing in cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, neurology, and plastic surgery.
One of the many benefits of being a patient at Wayne Memorial Hospital is the availability of our Hospitalist program, which offers patients round-the-clock care. These doctors are exclusively dedicated to caring for patients in the Hospital. These physicians spend their workday (or night) entirely in the Hospital, making them easily accessible and responsive to your needs.
If your stay includes surgery, you can also expect to have a surgeon leading your care. An anesthesiologist and a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) will also be involved when determining and administering the type of anesthesia required for your procedure.
While different physicians have different routines, you can generally expect your physician (whether he or she is a hospitalist, your personal primary care physician, or your surgeon) to see you once every day.
If you require intensive care, another benefit of being a patient at Wayne Memorial Hospital is the 24 hour, seven days a week availability of our board-certified critical care physicians.
Other Team Members
There are many other healthcare professionals who may also help with your care, such as registered pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiologic technologists, phlebotomists, laboratory technologists, registered dieticians, food and nutrition personnel, environmental services staff, and volunteers.
You may from time to time need to leave the nursing unit for a procedure or diagnostic test. You will be accompanied by a member of our transport team.
You may also see Hospital police making rounds in various parts of the Hospital. They are sworn police officers committed to keeping Wayne Memorial Hospital a safe place.
The Ethics Committee
There may be times in the course of your hospitalization, or that of your loved one, when you are called upon to make some difficult choices regarding care. This can prove to be a frightening and difficult task to encounter. There may be times when you still do not have a clear picture of what to do in a given situation, even after you have communicated with your health care providers, family, and loved ones. If you find yourself in this situation, the Ethics Committee of Wayne Memorial Hospital is here to help you in making these difficult decisions.