WMH Moves to a Single Hospitalist System

WMH Moves to a Single Hospitalist System

Wallowa Memorial Hospital is moving to a single hospitalist system that will provide shared care for all hospital patients by all hospital providers.  This model has been in the evaluation stages but now the timing is right for implementation. One single, rotating provider will be responsible for covering all hospitalized patients Monday through Sunday as the “hospitalist” a week at a time.  The hospitalist may also do hospital procedures as part of their duties but will not have Emergency Department duties or scheduled clinic patients during that week.  The implementation of this model will give patients more consistent care and providers a more consistent work schedule, and in turn a better quality of life.

Dr. Annika Maly, Medical Director of the Medical-surgical department of WMH says, “There are a few key reasons for this change, continuity of timely care is paramount.  A single hospitalist system will allow both Wallowa Memorial Medical Clinic and Winding Waters’ primary care providers to; have more availability in their clinic setting, foster a deeper connection with patients in the hospital, provide timely care, and have increased availability to nurses and the rest of the team.”

Hospital CEO Larry Davy remarks on the change, “The task of caring for our patients and providers is equally important.  Even though the new system might take some time to get used to for our patients, we are committed to our mission, vision and values and this new system will help us deliver just that.”

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