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Perry Memorial Hospital will implement Hospitalist Services

PRINCETON — Perry Memorial Hospital has announced the hospital will be implementing Hospitalist Services beginning Aug. 25.

Hospitalist physicians specialize in taking care of patients while they are “in the hospital.” They are focused on consistency of care utilizing “best practices.” Hospitals who have implemented Hospitalist Services have seen the hospitalists are readily available, and the hospital staff are able to more easily anticipate the next step in the care process for their patients. The increased availability of physicians for inpatients, along with consistently followed best practices, helps us in our mission to provide compassionate quality healthcare services and a safe environment for patients.

When patients are admitted to Perry Memorial Hospital, if their physician so chooses, they will be seen by a hospitalist who will have access to their complete electronic medical record. The care the hospitalist provides to a person, while they are an inpatient, will be recorded in their electronic medical record, and their family physician will receive all the information when they are discharged.

Rex Conger, Perry president and CEO stated, “It’s much like being seen by one of our emergency physicians in the Emergency Department. You receive emergency care from a physician other than your family doctor. The emergency physician documents the care you receive while in our Emergency Department in your medical record. Your family physician then has that information and is able to view all of the care that you received.

“Recruiting and retaining new physicians has always been a challenge for rural communities. It has been difficult getting physicians to come to our rural area and once we get them here to keep them here. To respond to this, Perry has been working on the implementation of this Hospitalist Service. Having a Hospitalist Service will assist us in recruiting physicians to our medical staff because physicians today are interested in being able to have a well-defined work/home balance. Having a hospitalist program at Perry Memorial means primary care physicians can now choose to admit their patients under the care of the hospitalists,” stated Conger.

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