October 1, 2015
Sound Physicians Enters Agreement to Provide Hospitalist Services for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and Hutchinson Clinic
Sound Physicians to provide inpatient Hospitalist coverage beginning November 3, 2015
TACOMA, WA, October 1, 2015 — Sound Physicians will begin providing Hospitalist coverage for Hutchinson Clinic Physicians at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center beginning November 3, 2015, under an agreement signed today by all three parties.
“We are excited to partner with the Hutch Clinic on this initiative,” explained Ken Johnson, interim CEO and President. “The hospitalist program is designed to provide better access to physicians and more continuity of care for patients during their hospital stay. I am excited about any initiative which improves the quality of patient care,” Johnson said. “Our hospitalist program enables Hutchinson Regional, as a community hospital, to make a doctor available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the patient. That supports our goal to improve and maintain patient satisfaction.”
Hospitalist physicians are an integral part of the health care team, providing patient care in the acute care setting throughout a patient’s hospital stay. They consult with specialists as necessary and coordinate care transitions with patients’ primary care physicians.
“As the largest private, multi-specialty physician group practice in Central Kansas, the Hutch Clinic has successfully provided, and will continue to provide primary and specialist care for its patients in our offices in Hutchinson and the surrounding areas,” said Mike Heck, CEO Hutch Clinic. “The addition of Hospitalist services allows our physicians to spend more time with patients in their office while improving coordination, efficiency, and quality of care for patients who transition across multiple health care settings,” Heck added.