Starting July 1, 2013, patients at Bayhealth will see a new set of faces in the hospital halls.
Thanks to a recent partnership with Apogee Physicians, a hospitalist group with more than 750 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants nationwide, Bayhealth patients will receive personalized expert care while they are hospitalized in Dover or Milford.
Hospitalists are physicians who care for acutely-ill, hospitalized patients. While a patient’s care team usually includes a primary care physician and specialists related to the particular cause of illness, the hospitalist is the patient’s attending physician during the hospital stay.
“Apogee’s core philosophy is a very patient-centric approach to care that meshes well with our mission here at Bayhealth. The Apogee physicians bring a strong commitment to communication that will provide an extraordinary benefit to our patients,” said Eric Gloss, DO, MMM, Bayhealth Vice President for Medical Affairs.
The Apogee hospitalists work on a seven-day schedule. Because the vast majority of hospital stays are less than seven days, patients will have the same doctor for the duration of their stay.
“This consistency offers a high level of doctor-patient connection,” said Dr. Gloss. “Patients can expect that their hospitalist will know them well and be able to answer any questions that come up during the inpatient stay.”
The Apogee vision, “What’s best for the patient is best for the practice,” reflects the company’s dedication to its core principles, unchanged since its inception in 2002. To make sure that patient concerns are addressed in detail, a team of patient information coordinators rounds with patients every day of the week.
The hospitalists also follow up with patients after discharge.