HCHC, Family Medicine launch hospitalist program
Henry County Health Center is partnering with Family Medicine of Mt. Pleasant, P.C. to offer a Hospitalist Program, a new in-patient program that is designed to provide specialized care for patients who are hospitalized.
“Henry County Health Center is pleased to collaborate with Family Medicine on this new initiative. The health center and physicians are dedicated to bringing the Hospitalist Program to HCHC for the benefit of our patients and to meet the healthcare needs of our communities,” said HCHC CEO Robb Gardner.
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. Because hospitalists are committed solely to the care of inpatients, they have the capacity to spend more time with patients and family during their stay at the health center.
“We are currently working to recruit two hospitalists. In the interim, until those two individuals are identified, the physicians of Family Medicine have offered to serve in the hospitalist capacity,” explained Gardner. “Over the years we have worked closely with this group of physicians, and as members of our medical staff they know the health center and our associates, and we have a positive working relationship. We look forward to working with them on this project, and believe this interim coverage will help make for a smooth transition to the hospitalist model.”
According to Joel Ryon, M.D., Family Medicine of Mt. Pleasant, P.C. is fully supportive of this new initiative.
“Hospitalist programs have really become the trend in healthcare. Hospitalized patients benefit from this patient-centered focus of having a physician dedicated exclusively to their inpatient care,” explained Ryon.
“In addition, primary care physicians can focus on seeing patients during clinic hours and feel confident that our patients who are hospitalized are receiving quality care by the hospitalist,” continued Ryon. “We are pleased to be able to help the health center transition into this new program and provide coverage until the permanent hospitalists are in place.”