SBL Hospitalist Program

SBL Hospitalists

SBL Hospitalists are doctors who have advanced training and experience in the special medical care needed by people during a hospital stay. They are on site at the Health Center to provide people with ongoing and immediate care and will work as partners with many of SBL's primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

"We are very happy to be able to offer our patients the benefits of a hospitalist program," said Mary Lou Randolph, Vice-President, Patient Care Services.

"The hospitalists will work with our Emergency Department doctors, primary care doctors and other critical members of our healthcare team to provide efficient, quality care from the time people are admitted to the Health Center until the time they leave."

"Sarah Bush Lincoln is very fortunate to have hospitalists who bring with them vast medical knowledge, as well as some of the kindest and most compassionate bedside care," she added.

After working 14 years in the Emergency Department, James Hildebrandt, DO, is serving as director of the hospitalist program while also caring for people as a hospitalist. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and board prepared in Internal Medicine. He also holds a clinical affiliation with Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

"I'm tremendously excited about being a part of the hospitalist program. I believe it will greatly enhance the care that people are already receiving from their primary care doctors," Dr. Hildebrandt said. "It's also an asset for our doctors," he added, "allowing them more time in the office to care for their patients and the patients' families."

Other Hospitalists include Babatunde Alao, MD, Mussarat Bukhari, MD, Ahmed Tarek Elrakhawy, MD, Sergio Rodriguez, MD, Louis E. Schwig IV, MD, Richard Snowden, MD & Joseph So, MD. A hospitalist will provide inpatient medical care for patients of the participating providers.

The hospitalist will communicate with the primary care doctor and other providers regularly throughout the patient's hospital stay, thus ensuring that the patient receives the best care possible. When the patient is ready for discharge, the primary care doctor and other providers will receive detailed information about the hospitalization and continuing care needs, and appropriate followup care will be scheduled.

At this time, not all SBL primary care doctors are participating in the Hospitalist program. These physicians will continue to see their patients in the hospital, as is their current practice. Primary care doctors have the option of using hospitalist services. Medical providers that are currently participating in the program include:

Iven Boehm, PA-C
Terra Cottrill, APN
Matthew Dorner, MD
Bob Dougherty, PA-C
Mark Emenecker, DO
Michelle Fulton, APN
Patrick Hartman, MD
Sherri Howell, DO
Michele Kinder, APN
Judy Lidy, APN
Tammy Munch, PA-C
Bernie Ranchero, MD
Eliza Smith, APN
Jan Stierwalt, APN
Leslie Taggart, APN.
Janice Vandeveer, MD
David Winograd, DO
Bob Wochner, MD

One advantage of this new type of care is that hospitalists are more available throughout the day to talk with patients and their family members, follow up on test results, answer nurses' questions and respond quickly to issues that may arise. In many instances, the hospitalist may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan, and to explain test findings to patients and family members.

The service provides assurance to both doctors and their patients that ongoing and immediate care is being provided during a hospital stay. By caring for only people during a hospital stay, hospitalists are able to develop expertise in the more acute, complicated care needed by patients in the hospital with more severe conditions. Hospitalists at SBL will be in the Health Center from 7 am to 7 pm every day, and can meet with family members at various times other than during rounds. Should a medical condition require attention throughout the night, one of the hospitalists is always available.

The use of hospitalists is a widely growing trend, with 31,000 hospitalists practicing in the United States in 2009, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. Recent research indicates that the addition of a hospitalist program benefits patient care. With quicker access to doctors, people tend to have shorter hospital stays and increased satisfaction, Dr. Hildebrandt said.

The hospitalists' office is located on the ground floor of the Health Center. For more information, call the Hospitalist office at (217) 238- or 348-HEAL (4325).

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