Healthy Halifax Fall 2018: A Steady Presence

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A Steady
Presence
Hospitalist thrives on patient care, teamwork

On most mornings, starting at 5:15 a.m., you will find Tochukwu Agbata, MD, FHM, visiting the gym or getting herself and her family ready for a new day. Dr. Agbata is one of 12 hospitalists at Halifax Regional Medical Center providing round-the-clock inpatient care. “I love being a hospitalist and caring for a variety of patients who have differing conditions and situations,” says Dr. Agbata, who began working at Halifax Regional in 2009.

Hospitalists are physicians who tend specifically to patients in the hospital. When she arrives at the hospital at 8 a.m., Dr. Agbata first consults with staff to learn what happened with patients overnight. She then begins rounds, starting with the sickest patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Her workdays also include completing paperwork, attending multiple staff meetings, seeing
new patients and visiting with patient families.

Dr. Agbata, who was born in the U.S., is following in the footsteps of her father, a pathologist, and her mother, a retired nurse educator. Her parents trained at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The family moved back to Nigeria after they graduated. There Dr. Agbata eventually attended medical school.

With 11-month-old twins and a young daughter, Halifax Regional was an easy choice for Dr. Agbata. “I wanted a place to raise a family; choosing this area was the best thing I ever did.”

Toward the end of her 12-hour shift, Dr. Agbata concentrates on completing the day’s paperwork and plans out her next shift. Her favorite part of her job? “Not the paperwork,” she laughs. “It’s the people I work with. We have a great team that works well together, which makes the days more interesting.”

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