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Takoma Launches Innovative Hospitalist Program
 GREENEVILLE, TN – In a move that will improve patient outcomes and enhance overall efficiency, Takoma Adventist Hospital announced today that they have launched an innovative “hospitalist” program.

   In the traditional model of care, office-based physicians generally visit hospitalized patients before or after their regular office hours, and must balance their office patient needs with their inpatient needs.

   Effective Jan. 2, Takoma created a team of four hospitalists – or specialists in inpatient medicine -- who are working with primary care physicians to offer a continuum of care from the moment of hospitalization until discharge.

   “The hospitalist program is a win-win situation for everyone – patients and physicians,” Carlyle Walton, Takoma’s president and chief executive officer, said. “With hospitalists, the continuum of care is guaranteed, which translates into increased efficiency and optimum patient outcomes because of the hospitalists’ greatly increased time spent seeing inpatients and working in the hospital.”

   Physicians using the hospitalist service benefit by being freed up to concentrate on the important in-office care of their patients, Walton explained. “Our hospitalist team will work in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he said. “All of our hospitalists are board certified in internal medicine and qualified and committed to taking care of the needs of our hospitalized patients.”

   Lead hospitalist is Dr. Janet Pickstock, who graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington.

   The rest of the hospitalist team includes Drs. Brian Donovan, Vitaly Nazarov and Gerald Stipanuk. Donovan graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1982, completing his internship and residency in internal medicine there. Nazarov graduated from the Russian State Medical University in Moscow in 1989. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Carmel Medical Center in Afula, Israel, and his residency in internal medicine at St. Johns Episcopal Hospital in Rockaway, N.Y. Stipanuk graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University.

   “Drs. Donovan, Nazarov and Stipanuk all are part of the same group that works as hospitalists at Mt. States Health Alliance, which also helps in our continuum of care,” Walton noted.

   The hospitalist concept has been growing in popularity across in the country in recent years, Walton noted. According to “Modern Healthcare” magazine, there are an estimated 3,000-4,000 hospitalists nationwide, with an anticipation that it that number will grow to as many as 20,000 within the next few years.

   “Our hospitalist program demonstrates our strong commitment to improve the quality of and efficiency of inpatient care, while reducing the cost,” Walton said. “Our hospitalists are highly respected doctors with a passion for inpatient hospital care.”

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