Patient Story: Rusty Wagstaff

Patient Rusty Wagstaff talks with hospital staff

Rusty Wagstaff was admitted to the hospital with a 105 degree fever that quickly turned into sepsis. 9 months later and after 4 amputations, he returned to the hospital to show the staff he and his family had grown so close to that he could walk again. REX Hospitalist Dr. Sean Tehrani coordinated his care.

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Our Hospitalists

What is a Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist is a health care provider who manages your medical care while you are in the hospital and are dedicated exclusively to caring for hospitalized patients. Our unique Hospitalist program is one of the many benefits enjoyed by UNC REX Healthcare Patients. The UNC REX Hospitalist team includes doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

During your stay at UNC REX, our Hospitalists will notify your physician of admission to the hospital. They will also work to ensure that all important information regarding your hospital stay is communicated back to your physician after you’ve been discharged from the hospital.

How do I benefit from being cared for by a Hospitalist?

By focusing only on your care, we can give you the best medical care available during your stay. Our Hospitalist team:

  • reviews your progress and makes treatment decicions right away
  • is specialily trained in hospital medicine
  • is readily available to you
  • is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

How do I contact my Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist will visit you at least one time each day while you are in the hospital. During this visit, we are happy to answer questions from you or your family. We recommend that you (or your family) tell us who is the best person to contact. That person will receive updates and instructions about your care.

To contact us during our office hours of 6 AM- 3 PM Monday- Friday, please call 919-784-7880.

4420 Lake Boone Trail
c/o Hospitalist Office
Raleigh, NC 27607

Patient Testimonials- Professional Care

I wanted to state for-the-record, that you have an absolutely first-rate staff - who treat patients with the highest level of professional care; From what I've experienced, your people are:

  • Extremely knowledgeable - technically sharp
  • Easily approachable - thoughtful- They made me feel right at home - rather than being intimidated
  •  Clear - in their communication
  •  Polite, positive & upbeat - in an authentic way - both with patients, and with each other - which may seem less important, but you know that positive staff morale doesn't happen by accident - and that it translates into a higher standard of care. 
All of the nurses/PAs and MDs CT & X-Ray staff I was lucky to be assigned to were marvelous. Your process is excellent as well. The waiting room last night was utterly packed (apparently not an empty bed in the hospital).  But the Triage staff was excellent - and patient-flow was efficient and effective. Kudos to you & your team. They'll probably all be gone by the time I'm discharged, but please pass along my thanks. 

-Jim K.

Patient Testimonials- Palliative Care

Two weeks ago a dear friend was admitted to your hospital. I was there with his wife when Dr. Farag came to discuss his treatment options. There were things that could be done but the end result (other than prolonging his severe agony which he'd been experiencing for nearly a year) was going to be death. Dr. Farag had the most kind manner, carefully explaining all of this so my friend's wife could understand, and gently encouraging her to allow him to spend his final few hours as comfortably as possible.

My husband and I were blown away by how well Dr. Farag handled this situation, and the understanding and compassion he showed were remarkable and meant the world to all of us struggling with this impossible situation. He allowed her to make the right choice with confidence and without guilt. I just wanted to compliment him, and hope that should a similar situation occur for myself or my husband, that the doctor handling those making the decision could do so with that kindness and compassion.

I sincerely thank him, as do my friend's entire family. His wife has been able to accept his death and go on with grief but not overwhelming grief and guilt. Please give him my most sincere thanks for a job well done. 

-Pat K.

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