HOSPITALIST

Inpatient care at Galion, Bucyrus and Ontario Hospitals, is at an all-time high in regard to quality of
care and technology. Avita has added several new providers to enhance the ability to maintain local
patients that were formally transferred to tertiary hospitals. An entire team of hospitalists,
alongside critical care physicians and a nephrologist, oversee the care of all inpatients in private,
comfortable rooms.

State-of-the-art monitors have been added to both hospitals, allowing providers immediate access to
patient x-rays and vital signs right at their bedside. Medical providers will also be able to view a
patient’s monitor wirelessly on their smartphones or even in their own homes.

Patients with pulmonary disorders may also be monitored by Doctors James D. Heddleson, DO, and Mesfin
Seifu, MD Avita’s Pulmonologist and Critical Care physicians.

Critical care physicians direct the care of patients who have life-threatening illnesses or conditions
such as cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, sepsis, shock, or severe infections. A critical care
physician, or intensivist,is important in a small town hospital because unstable conditions require
intensive monitoring, highly trained nurses, and an experienced subspecialty-trained physician to
improve the quality of care and lessen the chance of a transfer to another hospital.

WHY ISN’T MY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER OVERSEEING MY CARE WHILE I’M IN THE
HOSPITAL?

“Hospitalist” is the term used for providers who are specialized in the care of patients in the
hospital. Hospitalists are beneficial for many reasons, including:

  • Convenience
  • Efficiency
  • Patient safety
  • Need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients

Most hospitalists are board-certified doctors, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. The only
difference is that hospitalists have chosen not to practice traditional outpatient medicine due to
personal preferences.

There are many advantages of hospitalists in the care of hospitalized patients. One advantage is that
hospitalists’ have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis.
They are also more available most of the day to meet with family members, able to follow-up on tests,
answer nurses’ questions, and to deal with problems that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists’
may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan, and to explain
test findings to patients and family members. Because hospitalists are in the hospital most of the
time, they are able to track test results and order necessary follow-up tests promptly.