Life & Health: Hospitalists

By Sarah Swistak

Published 01/23 2014 06:00PM

Updated 01/23 2014 06:03PM

In this week’s edition of Life & Health, we spoke with Dr. Jonathan Siuta, about the hospitalist program at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
According to Dr. Siuta, a hospitalist is a “medical practitioner whose primary focus is taking care of patients in a hospital setting.  In most cases, hospitalists do not have an office practice of their own, because their main base is the hospital.”
Dr. Siuta went on to say that hospitalists have been around for nearly 20 years, and were introduced into the hospital setting with the goal of creating more streamlined care for the patients, in addition to reducing the cost of healthcare.
“Whenever a patient is in the hospital, the hospitalist communicates regularly with that patient’s family doctor,” said Dr. Siuta.  “When the patient is ready to be sent home, all medical record information, treatment needs, dietary concerns, medication information and more is communicated with the family doctor, so there is no lapse in care.  Patients will continue to follow-up with their family doctor after they leave the hospital.”
Mount Nittany Health has 10 hospitalists on staff, including Dr. Siuta.  They take turns rotating shifts, so there are hospitalists on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you, or someone you know, would like to request a hospitalist during your next hospital stay, all you have to do is let your nurse know.

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