NEWNAN, Ga. (June 27, 2008) –Piedmont Newnan Hospital (PNH) is pleased to announce the addition of hospitalists to its medical staff, effective July 1, 2008. Eight specially-trained physicians will join the PNH team.
These physicians provide and coordinate a patient’s care during his or her hospital stay and facilitate communication between a patient’s personal physician and the care team. The hospitalists provide patient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This ever-present approach helps to ensure that any unfavorable change in a patient’s condition is immediately addressed by the attending physician.
“The benefits of a hospitalist program to patients are numerous. Because hospitalists are always in the hospital and work as a coordinated team to collaborate on the care of their patients using evidence-based medical practices, the overall quality of the inpatient stay is enhanced. Additionally, patients and family members can conveniently ask and obtain answers to questions regarding care in a very timely manner,” said Michael Bass, president and CEO of PNH.
"We are excited about the new program at Piedmont Newnan," said Tiffanni Forbes, M.D., hospitalist at PNH. "Our team will work side-by-side with primary care physicians and specialists to ensure that the Coweta County community receives the best possible care. It is an honor to serve this wonderful community and hospital staff."
In addition, hospitalists can facilitate connections with post-acute providers, such as skilled nursing care, home health care, and specialized rehabilitation.
According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, hospitalist programs are the fastest growing medical specialty in the nation. There are currently more than 20,000 hospitalists in the United States, and that number is projected to grow to about 30,000 by 2010.