Hospitalists to help patients while staying at Brooks Hospital

The delivery of healthcare continues to change rapidly, and Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York (LERHSNY) is making efforts to ensure the highest level of quality and care is provided locally. Beginning today, LERHSNY’s Brooks Memorial Hospital campus will offer hospitalist services through an agreement with Medicor Associates of Chautauqua to all physicians and patients who desire to use it. Prior to this arrangement, Medicor had only been providing hospitalist services for their own patients. Recruitment has started to secure full-time physicians for the hospital.

“This program is one of the many things LERHSNY is doing to further our mission of improving the health of those we serve in a patient-centered, compassionate manner and allow patients to remain in their local community for care,” stated Gary Rhodes, LERHSNY interim CEO. “A hospitalist program provides continuity of care and personalized attention for patients during the hospital stay.”

Hospitals and physicians across the country are turning to hospitalists to enhance physician accessibility, coordinate treatment and provide seamless care to patients. A hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for the various kinds of medical conditions that require inpatient hospital care. In addition to managing the clinical problems of acutely ill patients, the hospitalists will work to enhance the quality of care by:

Reducing the length of stay by providing prompt and complete attention to all patient care needs, including diagnosis, treatment and the performance of medical procedures (within their scope of practice)

Reducing hospital readmissions by employing quality and process improvement measures to achieve the best practices of care

Collaborating with all physicians and health care personnel to provide the highest quality of care and service for hospitalized patients

Safely transitioning patient care from hospital to primary care and post-acute care facilities when necessary

Creating an efficient use of hospital and health care resources

Hospitalists serve as valuable liaisons for both patients and physicians. They work as a team and will be available at the hospital or on call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because hospitalists focus on the hospital setting, there is a greater familiarity with Brooks Memorial Hospital’s specialists and departments so communication and treatment can be expedited with other caregivers. When a patient is admitted to Brooks Memorial Hospital and their primary care physician has elected to utilize the hospitalist service, or if the patient has no primary care physician, a hospitalist will assume patient care during their hospital stay until discharge. Once the patient is discharged, the hospitalist transfers care back to the patient’s primary care provider.