|PrimeDoc Hospitalist Group Expands Into Specialty Hospital Care
PrimeDoc Management Services Inc., a physician-owned
company that specializes in the establishment, staffing and management
of turnkey hospitalist programs across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic,
has expanded its services into specialty hospital care with the launch
of a hospitalist practice at Landmark Hospital of Athens.
Landmark Hospital is a brand new 42-bed facility that
opened in July. It is a long term acute care hospital (LTACH) – a
specialty hospital that focuses on patients with serious medical
problems requiring intense, special treatment for an extended period,
such as those requiring ventilators to help them breathe, or who need
long-term wound care.
Patients with these types of chronic and medically
complex conditions, who are too ill for placement in a skilled nursing
home or inpatient rehab center, can receive the same type of intensive
medical care in the LTACH, but in a smaller, more comfortable setting.
The partnership between PrimeDoc and Landmark means that
LTACH patients have access to the services of doctors who focus
exclusively on them while they are in the facility, from the time
they’re admitted until the time they’re discharged.
These PrimeDoc physicians, called "hospitalists," are
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to care for whatever
medical needs patients have during their stay at Landmark Hospital.
Many patients in an LTACH transfer from intensive care
units in traditional hospitals, such as Athens Regional Medical Center,
where PrimeDoc has provided hospitalist services since 2004. Moving
such patients to Landmark after their conditions have been stabilized
will free up hospital beds at Athens Regional and other Northeast
Georgia and Upstate South Carolina hospitals for more acutely ill
Address: PrimeDoc Management Services Inc., P.O. Box 7568, Asheville, NC 28802; (828) 255-7622, www.primedoc.net.