About AtlantiCare's Hospitalist Program

To better serve our community of patients and providers, effective December 16, 2015, all medical patients admitted as inpatients to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland or Atlantic City campuses are under the care of an AtlantiCare hospitalist while they are hospitalized.

The AtlantiCare Physician Group (APG) Hospital Medicine Team coordinates medical care for adult hospitalized patients before, during and after hospitalization at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC). The physicians and advanced practice nurses who make up the team are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and ensuring regular, clear communication among patients, their primary care providers and family members.

Through the APG Hospitalist Medicine Program at ARMC, AtlantiCare Physician Group primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses coordinate care for patients admitted to the hospital for medical reasons.

Hospitalists coordinate a patient’s care, in part, by

  • Communicating with the patient’s primary care provider and consulting with him or her as needed, as well as communicating with family and others involved in the patient’s care.
  • Visiting patients daily, just as primary care physicians would.
  • Coordinating care and tests within ARMC.
  • Consulting with and/or referring to specialists during the patient’s hospitalization.
  • Clearly communicating why patients need tests, what tests entail and what test results are.
  • Creating personalized follow-up care plans for patients who need additional care after they leave the hospital.
  • Ensuring patients know what medications they should be taking. This includes “reconciling” or updating the medication list and making sure everyone on the patient’s care team is aware of new and changed medications.

The goal of ARMC’s Hospital Medicine Program is to create a seamless transition as a patient leaves the hospital. By enhancing the quality and efficiency of care of hospitalized patients, ARMC’s hospitalists also help primary care providers focus on their office practice and be accessible to help their patients stay out of the hospital.

If a patient is hospitalized, it’s usually for an acute illness or a serious injury. Hundreds of people could contribute to that person’s care – usually over a short period of time.

As an organization, we believe the change from a primary care provider admitting and caring for a patient in the hospital to a hospitalist medical management admission and care model provides the safest and most effective care for our patients.

Over the last four years, our data has consistently shown better outcomes for patients when care was managed by a hospitalist. This includes, but is not limited to hospital readmission and mortality rates.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Hospitalist Team coordinates care before, during and after hospitalization, keeping the patient’s primary care provider informed and involved in decisions.

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