May 08, 2020
Surgical Trauma and Acute Resuscitative Service
The Surgical Trauma and Acute Resuscitative Service (STARS) was created by Dr. Michael Kalina, DO, FACOS, FACS. As the Medical Director of Acute Care Surgery at Capital Health in Pennington, New Jersey, Dr. Kalina integrated the STARS into the Section of Acute Care Surgery, within the Department of Surgery at Capital Health. The STARS was designed by Dr. Kalina to implement the principles of Acute Care Surgery into the daily care of critically ill surgical, emergency general surgery, elective general surgery, trauma, and acute resuscitative patients. The STARS integrates physician assistants, advanced nurse practitioners, allied health practitioners, and Acute Care Surgeons into a multidisciplinary Acute Care Surgery model of patient care.
The Surgical Trauma and Acute Resuscitative Service (STARS) is a multidisciplinary team with specific membership criteria that provides coverage of emergency general surgery, trauma, surgical critical care, and acute resuscitative patients with acute surgical disease at Capital Health Systems, Hopewell. As the Medical Director of Acute Care Surgery, Dr. Michael Kalina, DO, FACOS, FACS, has direct oversight and approval of its membership and enforces its policies. To obtain membership in STARS, there are specific criteria, responsibilities, and requirements that must be met and maintained. Membership will be held or revoked based upon non-compliance and in accordance with the professional practice guidelines at Capital Health Systems. STARS membership can include allied health practitioners, nurses, advanced practice nurses, mid-level practitioners, physician assistants, STARS Acute Care Surgeons and STARS General Surgeons. STARS mid-level practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses include but are not limited to nurses of all accreditations, physician assistants, and mid-level practitioners of all accreditations who dedicate a significant portion of their practice to managing emergency general surgery, trauma, surgical critical care, and acute resuscitative patients with acute surgical disease at Capital Health.