December 3, 2013

Sound Physicians Enters Agreement to Provide Hospitalist Services at John Peter Smith Hospital

Organization Will Help Drive Results for 537-Bed Acute Care Hospital

Tacoma, Wash. – Dec. 3, 2013 – Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, announced today an agreement to provide hospitalist services for John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sound Physicians will provide hiring and management services for the hospitalist team at John Peter Smith Hospital by introducing informatics infrastructure, hospitalist team leadership and evidence-based processes to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care. John Peter Smith Hospital is the inpatient arm of JPS Health Network, a respected leader in health care for Tarrant County. With 537 licensed beds, John Peter Smith Hospital includes the county’s only Level I Trauma Center and only psychiatric emergency department.

“Our team is aligned with JPS Health Network’s mission of transforming health care delivery in the communities we serve,” said Robert Bessler, M.D., chief executive officer of Sound Physicians. “We are excited to partner with John Peter Smith Hospital in this effort.”

Bill Whitman, JPS Health Network’s chief operating officer, said, “Sound Physicians shares our vision of being a national leader in improving the patient experience and the quality of health care. We are confident that our patients and their families will benefit greatly from Sound Physicians’ expertise.”

Working with the JPS leadership team, Sound Physicians will introduce its SoundConnect™ workflow and communications platform and processes to drive improvements in inpatient care outcomes, as well as financial performance. Sound Physicians will also apply its expertise in building high-performing hospitalist practices, including strong physician leadership, revenue cycle management and a track record of physician recruiting success.

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