BAR HARBOR — Hospitalist Kate Worcester, PA-C, of Bar Harbor has been chosen as one of six advanced practice practitioners in Maine to provide Neurocritical care to the most severe, critically ill stroke and traumatic brain injury patients in the Northeast at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland. She will divide her time between Portland and her regular duties at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.
MMC has hopes of becoming the hub or center for all advanced interventional and neurosurgical critical care for New England. MMC’s Neurocritical Care Program partners with Tufts Medical School to provide integrated, multidisciplinary expertise including trauma, neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-interventional and critical care medicine. It boasts the state’s largest, most comprehensive team of caregivers in the management of intensively neurologically injured patients. They currently care for an average of eight to ten neurocritical care patients each day.
MMC remains on the leading edge with the acquisition of new multi-modality brain monitoring technology including continuous EEG monitoring and cerebral oxygenation monitoring.
An integral aspect of the program is standardizing care for critically ill patients – adopting evidence-based, best-practice guidelines to optimize outcomes.
For example, patients with traumatic brain injury are managed using guidelines from the American College of Neurosurgery and its committee on trauma, ensuring MMC provides care with a consistent, unified approach. With a coordinated approach to care, a team of multidisciplinary clinicians and adherence to evolving care pathways that incorporate sophisticated monitoring techniques, critically ill patients that ten years ago would not be expected to survive are today surviving with increasing frequency and regaining a remarkable level of independence.
As part of her work, Worcester will receive current education in stroke, traumatic brain injury and all scopes of adult critical care that can then be brought back to Mount Desert Island.