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Dream TE Hospitalists partner with patients and physicians to provide personalized care S o many patients, so little time. To help remedy this growing dilemma for primary care physicians and their patients, the hospitals of Community Healthcare System have established Hospital Medicine programs, utilizing the services of hospitalists. What Is a hospItalIst? Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in the care of patients in the hospital as opposed to an organ (e.g., cardiology), a diagnosis (e.g., oncology) or a patient’s age (e.g., pediatrics). As a growing national trend, hospitalists are not only improving efficiency and productivity but also are making a positive impact on patient outcomes and satisfaction. Established only about a decade ago, hospitalists are currently found in about 75 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The specialty continues to experience rapid growth because hospitalists have been proven to add convenience and efficiency, enhance patient safety and address the need for more specialized and coordinated care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine physicians who have undergone the same training as other internists, including medical school, residency training and board-certification examination. “The hospitalist specializes in inpatient care,” says Ronda McKay, RN, MSN, CNS, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Community Hospital. “All are internal medicine doctors who take care of a broad variety of medical conditions. Because they are in the hospital 24 hours per day, they have the extra time to collaborate with the patient’s family and work on the transition of care to the home to put their minds at ease.” 4 Fa l l 2 013 by ElisE sims The hospitalists are an asset to the healthcare team and provide many benefits to patients at Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. They are available during the day at the hospital to meet with family members, able to follow up on tests, answer nurses’ questions and deal with any immediate issues that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists may see a patient more than once a day to ensure that care is going according to plan and to explain test findings to patients and family members. “When a patient—a very sick patient—is in the hospital, there may be several questions that come up or occur every hour,” says Fulton Porter III, MD, hospitalist at Chief Nursing Officers (left to right) Paula Swenson, RN, MS, of St. Catherine Hospital; Ronda McKay, RN, MS, CNS, of Community Hospital; and Tammie R. Jones, RN, MS, of St. Mary Medical Center agree that hospitalists are enhancing patient safety by increasing communication between healthcare team members and addressing the need for more specialized and coordinated care of hospitalized patients.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Community Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Community Healthcare
Community Message
Community Briefs
Dream Team
Spreading the Health
Memory Keepers
Step It Up
Your Mightiest Muscle
Well, Well, Well
Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Is Your Shut-Eye Serving You Well?
On the Cover
Anatomy of an ER Visit
Next-Gen Surgery
Attack from Within
Virtual Health
SPOTLIGHT ON: St. Mary Medical Center
SPOTLIGHT ON: Community Hospital
SPOTLIGHT ON: St. Catherine Hospital
In Good Hands

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Community Healthcare