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Salem Township Hospital Begins Hospitalist Program

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Township Hospital has started a Hospitalist Program.  

Hospital Administrator Stephanie Hilton-Siebert says two physicians have signed contracts to provide the service.  "We saw that there is a need for patients who don't have a primary care physician whenever they come to our emergency room.  We want to be able to offer an inpatient service to them.  We have two hospitalists, Dr. Faisal Rashid and Dr. Gautam Jha.  Dr. Rashid is also a Nephrologist and he is able to console about any type of nephrology or kidney needs that patients may have," said Hilton-Siebert. "We have seen this to be very beneficial in keeping patients who sometimes were transferred before."  

Hilton-Siebert says Hospitalist medicine has become the fastest growing specialty in the United States due to the positive difference it makes in hospitalized patient care.  The Hospitalist works with the patient from admission to discharge, managing the entire inpatient care process.  With the assistance of other physicians, nurses and support staff, the Hospitalist works to deliver a coordinated team approach for each patient.  

Dr. Jha says his work as one of the two Hospitalists will not impact his regular practice that will continue as usual.   

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