Weiss Memorial Hospital Names New Medical Director of its ICU
Nov 16, 2012
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CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2012) — Weiss Memorial Hospital has appointed physician leader Jeff Zilberstein, M.D., as the new medical director of its 16-bed multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Weiss is one of four Chicago area-hospitals recognized by The Joint Commission as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, and Zilberstein brings to this facility his experience as an intensivist, managing each patient’s intensive care needs and a team of doctors.
“With most patients connected to life-support machines and medical professionals relying more on mobile devices in this tech-savvy age, strengthening communication is vital,” Zilberstein said. “We want a team approach that pulls together the patient, the family, and each medical professional involved for better outcomes.”
Zilberstein, 38, joined the Weiss ICU team on September 19 from his roles as critical care physician at both Presence Health and Northwest Community Hospital, where he was part of a team responsible for around-the-clock coverage of 54 ICU beds and managed hospital-wide “code-blue” and “rapid response” situations. There, he also developed a revised sepsis protocol along with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, and provided crucial support in its implementation.
“Jeff is perfectly positioned to advance our Intensive Care Unit,” said Jeffrey Steinberg, M.D., chief executive officer at Weiss. “His team approach and professional expertise will enhance the quality of care we provide our patients.”
Zilberstein joins this award-winning medical facility committed to continuously improving care. Focused on enhanced communication and family involvement, he plans to implement best practices through the standardization of care and utilization of protocols.
Zilberstein earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. While at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he was chief resident. He received the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society Inductee award and the Exemplary Clinical Resident and Distinguished Service awards, both from the Department of Emergency Medicine. He also has contributed to several peer-reviewed medical journals and has been invited to lecture at various emergency rooms and professional conferences on his research and work in the field.