November 3, 2016

Sound Physicians Hospitalist Services Bringing Community Together to Address Transitional Care Needs

An educational event to connect providers about strategies for care coordination

Tacoma, Wash. – November 3, 2016– Sound Physicians announced today it is bringing together Bremerton, Washington area primary care physicians, hospital case management, Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP) and hospitalist teams to learn more about Transitional Care at an educational event on November 5.

The educational event will be held at the recently renovated Bremerton Community Theatre where the play, ‘Waiting in the Wings,’ by Noel Coward, opens the day prior to the event. Sound Physicians provides inpatient care through its 21 member hospitalist team supporting Harrison Medical Center, a part of CHI Franciscan Health, in Bremerton and Silverdale, WA. Sound Physicians partnered with Harrison Medical Center starting in 2002, with a focus on improving quality, patient satisfaction, and lowering the cost of care. The hospitalist team is led by Dr. Rana Tan, Chief Hospitalist has served on the Board of Trustees at Bremerton Community Theatre since 2006 and also co-stars in the ‘Waiting in the Wings’ production.

“Working collaboratively with Harrison Medical Center and the community, our hospitalist team ensures patients are supported when they leave the hospital by a strong network of primary care providers, home health providers, hospital case managers, and the KC4TP,” said Devon Zoller, M.D., Associate Chief Medical Officer for Sound Physicians’ Transitional Care team.

Sound Physicians team of hospitalist providers, hospitalist nurses and transitional care nurses work with Harrison Medical Center’s case managers, patients’ primary care providers, community team members including KC4TP to ensure patients receive the right care when they leave the hospital. Working together to assess and address patients’ needs range from home health, medication management, patient education, skilled nursing, rehab, palliative care, or hospice, depending on the individual patients’ care requirements.

“We’re proud to partner the Bremerton community to ensure that our patients’ care doesn’t end when they leave the hospital,” said Robert Bessler, M.D., Chief Executive Officer for Sound Physicians. “Through the transitional care program, we have developed relationships with community providers in Kitsap County which is an essential component to improving care transitions. Everyone understands the importance of coming together to do the right thing for patients and their families in the communities we serve.”

“Ensuring patients make safe transitions as they leave care in our hospitals is a community responsibility,” said David Schultz, CHI Franciscan market president for the peninsula region. “We know that care transitions when well-managed, can result in fewer readmissions. The work Sound Physicians is doing in bringing together the community for this purpose is vitally important.”


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