2014-09-14 / Health

Hospitalist group joins Memorial Healthcare

OWOSSO – Memorial Healthcare welcomeD TeamHealth’s Hospital Medicine Associates, a new hospitalist group on Monday, Sept. 1. Hospitalists are physicians who are hospital-only providers and do not have an officebased practice. Hospitalists manage and coordinate the entire inpatient experience for those patients whose provider has chosen not to provide inpatient care. Once discharged, patients do return to the care of their primary healthcare provider.

Hospitalist coverage has been available at Memorial Healthcare for several years providing inpatient services to those primary care providers who do not do their own inpatient coverage. After an extensive request for proposal process, TeamHealth’s Hospital Medicine Associates was chosen to provide hospitalist coverage moving forward.

One of the main benefits of the new TeamHealth Hospital Medicine Associates arrangement is the hospitalist team of providers will be in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days per week coordinating care with the various ancillary service (support) departments and engaging with family members in the patient care experience.

With TeamHealth now managing the hospital’s Emergency department and Hospitalist services, there will be enhanced synergies between those departments as the majority of hospital admissions result from an emergency room visit. The expansion of dedicated hospitalist coverage also provides additional opportunities for increasing inpatient volumes and the use of Memorial Healthcare services throughout the organization.

Memorial Healthcare utilizes the hospitalist program because it offers many advantages for our patients and the community. Hospitalists increase access to primary care providers because the hospitalist frees the provider from making rounds at the hospital giving the provider more uninterrupted time in their office. A hospitalist acts as the care coordinator and keep diagnostic tests and other ancillary (support) services moving which can reduce the length of the hospital stay overall. Another benefit to the inpatient is that the hospitalist can see the inpatient many times during the day providing closer attention and facilitating a faster diagnosis. Again, because hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours per day, they are constantly updated on patient conditions. In the event a condition changes quickly, the hospitalist can provide a rapid response to those changes.

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