Elena Mead, MD as intensive care specialist with board certifications in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. As an intensivist she treat life-threatening conditions such as respiratory failure, heart failure, circulatory shock, kidney failure, and acute bleeding. In the ICU, our primary goal is to provide supportive measures — including but not limited to actual life support — while the body attempts to recover from a life-threatening illness. Our secondary goal is to support patients’ comfort and maintain awareness so that they may participate in physical therapy and other activities and not become deconditioned during their illness. Our third goal is to support patients’ families during this time of crisis.