Your Health Care Team
Howard University Hospital is a “University-Teaching Hospital,” training tomorrow’s physicians. Your physician is responsible for your care while you are at the hospital, however residents (doctors in training) may accompany him/her in your room. You have the right to refuse treatment by anyone other than your physician present.
In addition to your physician, your health team includes:
Housestaff physicians are doctors who have graduated from medical school and have come to Howard University for advanced training in a particular medical specialty. Housestaff physicians work under the close guidance of your doctor to provide you with 24-hour care.
You will receive 24-hour nursing care from a team of registered nurses. A nurse manager is responsible for directing and coordinating the nursing care on your floor.
These experts prepare medications and monitor you to avoid side effects, allergies and possible interactions with drugs and food.
Registered and certified respiratory therapists work together with a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders.
Their job is to offer counseling, emotional support and information to meet your psychological and practical needs. Social workers will also assist you with discharge planning or obtaining post hospital services.
Utilization Review/Case Managers
Their job is to work with the nursing team, your primary care physician and your insurance company to coordinate your care.
Registered dietitians work with the doctors and nurses to ensure that you receive proper nutrition during your stay.
These representatives make sure that your comments and concerns are heard.
Working in various departments, volunteers distribute reading materials and visit patients.