Adult and Pediatric Hospitalists Provide Exceptional Care
Columbus Community Hospital is pleased to provide Hospitalist Programs in both adult and pediatric care. Hospitalist Programs are typically available at larger hospitals and health systems, but it’s unique to have these programs in a smaller community hospital setting.
When patients are admitted to Columbus Community Hospital, they receive inpatient care from a team of doctors called hospitalists. Our hospitalists are dedicated to the care of patients during their hospital stay and to ensuring a smooth transition after discharge. These physicians are based in the hospital and focus on caring for hospitalized patients. They serve as the attending physician during a patient’s hospital stay.
Adult Hospitalist Program
Brian Bossard, M.D., FACP, FHM, director of the Adult Hospitalist Program, has been involved as founder and manager of the program since it was launched in 2010.
“From the time we started the program, our focus has been on identifying excellent physicians who would live in Columbus and provide hospitalist services,” Dr. Bossard said. “We now have a complete team with three outstanding full-time hospitalists providing clinical services.”
Kurt Kapels, M.D., is an internal medicine doctor who serves as the CCH site medical director. Dr. Kapels enjoys the team dynamic of working in the Adult Hospitalist Program.
“As hospitalists, we’re specially trained to care for patients with conditions requiring hospitalization, and we’re familiar with the diagnoses, tests and procedures common in a hospital setting. We’re able to be at the bedside promptly and spend more time with patients following up on test results and changes to their condition,” Dr. Kapels said.
“Availability is greater than in a traditional practice where a doctor needs to be in the office and hospital ? and patients benefit from that,” Dr. Bossard said. “In addition, our entire clinical focus is on hospital medicine clinical issues. Because of the expertise in hospital medicine, we’ve been able to treat more complex cases and support the care of more patients in the community, providing safe and high quality care locally.”
Pediatric Hospitalist Program
Pediatrician Kimberly Allen, D.O., FAAP, and her colleagues at Columbus Children’s Healthcare see healthy and sick children from birth to age 19 in their office, as well as take care of all children hospitalized at CCH. The Pediatric Hospitalist Program was established in May 2017 and provides hospital coverage 24/7 with a team of pediatric specialists.
“We’re excited about this program and the ability to provide this level of care in the community,” Dr. Allen said.
David Rohwer, M.D., FAAP, is one of four board-certified pediatricians who make up the Pediatric Hospitalist Program.
“We can serve as consultants for community physicians managing a patient’s care in the hospital or take over the care for a child who is hospitalized,” he explained. “We are available at a moment’s notice for coverage of pediatric inpatient hospitalizations, NICU and emergency room consultations.”
“The hospitalist you meet when your child is admitted will see your child through their whole stay, which provides continuity of care and better communication with families,” Dr. Allen said.
“When a patient leaves the hospital, we communicate directly with their primary care physician about major events in the hospital stay, as well as provide a synopsis of patient care and discuss plans for care going forward,” Dr. Rohwer added.
A Coordinated Effort
When hospitalists manage care for patients in the hospital, this allows primary care physicians to have more time to see patients during their office hours. The Adult and Pediatric Hospitalists Programs are a great benefit to patients and help ensure patients of all ages get the care they need, when they need it.
“The coordinated medical care provided by hospitalists and primary care physicians allows the medical community of CCH to provide quality health care across the spectrum of a patient’s needs,” Dr. Bossard said.