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Published on June 20, 2012

CKHS Hospitalists Provide 24/7 Care for Inpatients

 

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – As the nature of medical care in the U.S. shifts, Crozer-Keystone is working to accommodate our patients’ changing healthcare needs by providing the specialized care of hospitalists, physicians who focus entirely on hospitalized inpatients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“As hospitalists, we specialize in helping patients who are admitted to the hospital for care,” says John M. Davidyock, M.D., S.F.H.M., chief of the Division of Hospitalist Medicine at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “We work with the patient’s primary care physician to gain any needed medical records and information, and we remain in contact with that physician for the duration of the patient’s stay. We relay information back and forth so that the patient receives the best possible care.”

Crozer-Keystone hospitalists also have access to various documentation software that enables them to review previous hospital stays and physician-produced documentation—for both primary and specialty practices that have electronic medical records (EMR).

“Even though this is a relatively new way of providing care to patients in the hospital, we find that it’s working well for Crozer-Keystone and for other hospitals across the country,” says Stanley Josue, M.D., medical director of the Hospitalist Program at Taylor and Springfield Hospitals. “Patients have access to hospitalist physicians at all times.”

“Our main focus, aside from caring for the patient while they are being hospitalized, is to provide a smooth and comprehensive transition of care,” says John Colombo, M.D., F.A.C.P., medical director of the Hospitalist Program at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “When the patient is being discharged, we provide a complete admission history and summary of the patient’s treatment while hospitalized to the primary care physician.”

Upon the patient’s discharge, the hospitalist team can also help to make arrangements for treatments and tests, consults with specialists, and coordinate with the patient’s regular physician for follow-up care.

Having a hospitalist program affords primary care physicians more time to see patients in offices, since the hospitalist now handles the rounding that those physicians used to do in the hospital. They are also a valuable resource for nurses, case managers and social workers because of their round-the-clock availability.

Although a hospital stay—and not seeing their “regular” doctor can cause anxiety for a patient— they can rest assured knowing that they are being cared for by a highly skilled, compassionate team of hospitalist physicians.

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