Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 24, 2012

Question: What is a Hospitalist?

Administrators give answers

GLASGOW — T.J. Samson Community Hospital’s hospitalist program is a voluntary program that physicians may enroll in so they do not have to be on call at the hospital and their patients are still taken care of by a well-trained doctor.

About 50 percent of local physicians have chosen to participate in T.J. Samson’s hospitalist program.

Bill Kindred, CEO of T.J. Samson; Tony Sudduth, CEO of TJ Health Partners and CFO/COO of T.J. Samson; Dr. Brent Wright, associate professor and residency director of the University of Louisville/Glasgow Family Medicine Residency; and Laura Belcher, chief of planning and development at T.J. Samson, met with the Glasgow Daily Times on Friday morning to explain the hospitalist program.

T.J. Samson started its hospitalist program in March 2009. Other hospitals in the region had already started hospitalist programs, Sudduth said, and T.J. Samson’s lack of a hospitalist program was causing the hospital to lose patients from outlying counties.

Without hospitalists it was harder to care for patients who did not have a primary care physician on call at T.J. Samson, so patients in other counties in T.J. Samson’s region were admitted to other hospitals with a hospitalist program.

The decision to create a hospitalist program at T.J. Samson came from both the hospital administration and the physicians, Kindred said. It was a “mutual revelation” for both sides, he said.

“[The administration was] hearing about the burden of care,” Kindred said. “It was agreed and approved by the medical staff that this was the best thing for our hospital and our patients.”

 

For the full story, read the Weekender print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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