Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Hospitalist Service
|Elizabeth Adkins Murphy, MD
Medical Director of
CHF Hospitalist Service
The Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Hospitalist Service is a collaborative service involving the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Division of Cardiology at UCSF. Hospitalists on the CHF Service are responsible for providing inpatient care to patients with advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, as well as to patients who are pre- and post-heart transplantation. Hospitalists care for these clinically complex patients both in and out of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in an open ICU model optimized for continuity of care. The patients are co-managed with a group of CHF cardiologists. The cardiologists and hospitalists round on patients together and make medical decisions collaboratively. This highly successful co-management model allows for the best possible management of these complex patients--both their general medical problems and advanced cardiac disease.
The hospitalists on the CHF Service also independently manage patients with low risk chest pain or syncope for monitoring and possible stress testing or echocardiogram. The General Cardiology Consult Service provides backup for the management of these patients when needed.
The CHF Hospitalist Service is dedicated to providing excellent specialized medical care to patients with cardiac disease. The CHF Service also exemplifies the unique spirit of collaboration between the Division of Hospital Medicine and Division of Cardiology at UCSF Medical Center.