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NHCH partners with TeamHealth for hospital medicine program


North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) has partnered with TeamHealth to provide physician staffing for its hospital medicine program. The partnership was effective June 1, 2010.

“The addition of TeamHealth to our care team will enhance the safety and quality of patient care, as well as improve the overall patient experience,” said John White, Chief Executive Officer of NHCH. “We’re very pleased to have them on board.”

Hospital medicine is a specialty in which physicians – “hospitalists” – focus solely on caring for hospitalized patients who do not have a primary care physician or whose primary care physician prefers to have an on-site specialist coordinating hospital care.

Hospitalists work closely with patients, family members, primary care physicians, physician specialists, and other departments within the Hospital to coordinate safe, high-quality inpatient care.

TeamHealth was founded in 1979 and after 30 years of geographic and service line expansion is one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital-based clinical outsourcing, staffing emergency departments and hospital medicine programs throughout the country.

NHCH is the second TeamHealth hospital medicine contract on the Big Island, TeamHealth has served Hilo Medical Center since 2006.

“We look forward to working with the hospital leadership and medical staff at NHCH, and we believe both NHCH and Hilo Medical Center will benefit from the synergies we will bring to the respective facilities,” said David Kim, M.D., a senior vice president of hospital medicine at TeamHealth, who has a long history of working in hospital management in the state of Hawaii. “I know the people of the Big Island will be pleased with the result of this partnership with NHCH.”

NHCH’s administration and medical staff were impressed by TeamHealth’s expansive resources and track record for improving performance.

“I was a part of the committee that selected TeamHealth and I couldn’t be more pleased with our decision,” said Dinah Bukowski, M.D., pulmonologist at NHCH. “TeamHealth shares the values of our hospital and the medical staff. They are committed to enhancing our existing hospital medicine program and the exceptional patient care our hospital has provided for the past 14 years.”

Hospital medicine is the fastest-growing specialty in healthcare today with approximately 31,000 hospitalists practicing in four out of five large hospitals nationwide, according to the Society for Hospital Medicine.

Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of hospitals seeking to adopt hospital medicine programs, as numerous studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, reduce hospital costs and readmission rates, and increase patient satisfaction.

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 39-bed acute care hospital located in Waimea. Non‐profit, community-owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for residents and visitors of the Big Island.

Allopathic and complementary medicine are carefully combined with the natural environment of Hawaii in a beautiful, state of the art facility in a concept called blended medicine.

NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – in the context of family, culture, and community.

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