Porterville, CA March 14, 2017: To better serve patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Sierra View Medical
Center welcomed a team of five intensivists in December of 2016. The Oak
Grove Intensivist team has allowed the SVMC ICU to reduce complications
and allow for shorter lengths of stay for critically ill patients by offering
An intensivist, or critical care physician, provides special care for patients
who are critically ill. Rather than focusing on specific body systems
as a neurologist would focus on the brain and a cardiologist would focus
on the heart, an intensivist provides a comprehensive approach to critical care.
“Intensivists bring the necessary medical expertise to efficiently
manage difficult, critically ill patients,” said Dr. Harjoth Malli,
the Medical Director of the Oak Grove Intensivist team at SVMC. “Intensivists
are uniquely qualified to care for critically ill patients, because of
the added years of training required in this specialty.”
Dr. Malli grew up in Tulare and later received his internal medicine degree
from the Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Internal Medicine Residency Program. He went on to complete a Fellowship
Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Caslifornia Pacific
Medical Center as well as a Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Stanford Sleep
The team of intensivists, overseen by Dr. Malli, work from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. seven days a week with primary responsibility for ICU patients at
Sierra View Medical Center. In addition, the team monitors and coordinates
aspects of care and services necessary for critical care of patients.
After 7 p.m., hospitalists are available to admit and care for critically
ill patients in the ICU until an exchange of information occurs with incoming
intensivists at 7 a.m. each morning.
“Research has proven, time and time again that intensivists improve
the quality of care, reduce costs, reduce length of stay and reduce mortality.
We are able to utilize this service through the support of our hospital
administration and current medical staff.” added Dr. Malli.
An intensive-led ICU is advantageous to SVMC and its surrounding communities
because it will allow for a team of experts to care for and provide all
aspects of services to ICU patients. The Society of Critical Care Medicine
documented benefits to having an intensive-led ICU such as improved patient
outcomes, reduced complications and shorter lengths of stay for patients.
“With a new intensivist group, not only is there an added benefit
for direct patient care, but the entire ICU staff benefits,” said
Dr. Malli. “RNs, pharmacists and RTs are all part of the core team
and have the opportunity to elevate their clinical acumen in critical
care management to better serve their patients and their community.”