SJH Introduces New Hospitalist Physician Service

Individuals admitted to the InPatient Services Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland will have a dedicated physician assigned to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Partnering with the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) Medical Group, SJH on Tuesday, September 9, introduced a new hospitalist physician service.

“A hospitalist is a physician solely dedicated to comprehensive care of hospitalized patients,” says Peggy Sebastian, President & CEO, SJH. “All SJH InPatients, regardless of who their primary care physician is, will be treated by the hospitalist physician on duty until the time of discharge. Upon discharge, the InPatient’s follow-up care will then be transitioned back to their primary care physician.”

A hospitalist physician’s day at SJH consists of admitting, rounding, managing, discharging and consulting for hospitalized patients. The hospitalist physician has a consistent presence in the hospital, allowing other clinic/private practice physicians to spend more time seeing patients in their office.

The hospitalist physician service at SJH will provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week coverage of all SJH InPatients. The SJH hospitalist service will be staffed on a weekly rotating basis by the following physicians:

Dr. Alejandro Alvarado (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Alejandro Alvarado (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Nitu Aryal (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Nitu Aryal (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. David Nyquist (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. David Nyquist (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Robert Schaefer (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Robert Schaefer (HSHS Medical Group)
Dr. Roger Fulton (Highland Physicians, Ltd.)
Dr. Roger Fulton (Highland Physicians, Ltd.)

Weekly rotating shifts among these physicians will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and will end the following Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. when the next rotating physician’s schedule begins. The hospitalist physician office will be located within the InPatient Services Department.

However, each of these physicians will continue to see patients in their current practices on the weeks they are not working as the SJH hospitalist physician.

Questions regarding the new SJH hospitalist physician service can be directed to Beth Govero, Chief Nursing Officer, by calling SJH at 651-2828.