Dr. David Ladin, Cox Medical Center Branson’s newest physician, doesn’t shy away from long nights or tough situations.
Dr. Ladin, who joined the team at Cox Medical Center Branson on May 15, is the hospital’s first nocturnist, which means Dr. Ladin will primarily work the night shift at the hospital. Nocturnists help provide quality patient care during critical overnight hours at a time when most other hospitalists are off duty and likely sleeping. Dr. Ladin, who completed his residency in family and community medicine this past December at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, said during his residency he volunteered for night shifts.
“The worst possible things that can happen to people seem to happen at night,” Dr. Ladin said.
Oftentimes, Dr. Ladin explained, the first doctor patients see will be the doctor working the night shift and that doctor will be the doctor who sets the tone for the patient’s hospital stay, from diagnosis to treatment.
“Your contact is extremely important with that patient,” he said.
As for resting when the sun is up, Dr. Ladin said, from his experience, that won’t be a problem. His typical shift will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with very little down time during those 12 hours.
“When your night shift is over, you are tired,” he said.
Dr. Ladin also has a trick or two up his sleeve when it comes to helping some patients feel at ease. He is a magician.
“It is a way of quickly breaking down barriers,” Dr. Ladin said about performing his magic tricks for patients.
Dr. Ladin doesn’t expect to do any disappearing acts himself any time soon however. He said there was a long list of reasons he chose to join Cox Medical Center Branson, including the peacefulness of the area and the hospital’s friendly staff.
“When you are looking for a job like this, you are not looking for a place just to get started,” he said. “You are looking for a place you can build your future and be 10 years down the road. That is what I was looking for.”