Hospitalist Fellow Graduation At Peninsula Hospital Center
Peninsula Hospital Center is proud to announce the graduation of Jeanne Fabian, D.O. from the Hospital Center’s Osteopathic Hospitalist Fellowship Program in November 2009. Dr. Fabian entered the one-year program following the completion of her Family Medicine training at the hospital. “This is a milestone for our first-of-itskind program in the nation,” said Dr. Valeriy Kayrov, the Osteopathic Fellowship Director. “Peninsula Hospital Center is on the cutting edge, training physicians for what is arguably the fastest growing specialty in the United States.”
Hospitalists are specialized physicians who practice almost exclusively in hospitals. Their addition to hospital staff is associated with improved patient outcomes, decreased cost of medical care and increased patient and family satisfaction. The Center instituted its very successful Hospitalist Program in 2006 to allow for all day medical supervision of patients who either have no primary care physician or whose private physician has requested that these full-time hospitalist specialists care for their patients while they are in the hospital. The Hospitalist Program has quadrupled in size over the past three years to include the full-time employment of seven hospitalist physicians. “This program has definitely been instrumental in improving patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and decreasing the time patients need to remain in the hospital,” stated Martin A. Grossman, M.D., Director of the Department of Medicine. “It is encouraging that private physicians are beginning to utilize this service so they can spend more time in their offices and avoid multiple trips to the hospital. For those private physicians who want to see their patients in the hospital, but are feeling overburdened by regulatory and documentation constraints, Peninsula Hospital Center now offers another option.”
“Greater scrutiny by regulatory agencies and higher standards of care will require more hospitals to follow Peninsula Hospital Center’s lead and actively embrace hospitalist programs,” states Peter A. Guiney, D.O., Director of Medical Education. “This is a new opportunity for Peninsula Hospital to help private physicians with compliance and workload while still maintaining the valued patientphysician relationships. The recent recognition of PHC as a leader in the “hospitalist movement” by the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine,” continues Dr. Guiney, “is assurance that the Hospital Center is meeting today’s healthcare challenges and those of tomorrow.”
Peninsula Hospital Center has long recognized the challenges associated with the responsibility of caring for a disproportionate number of elderly, frail nursing home patients as well as the medically underserved population in the community. By meeting this challenge proactively and adding fulltime hospitalist physicians who are directly involved with the care of these patients and specially trained in quality measures, the Hospital Center is meeting these challenges.