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Avera Queen of Peace to launch hospitalist program in August

The Avera Queen of Peace campus in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

Avera Queen of Peace will soon offer a hospitalist program.

The group announced Tuesday the launching of the new program, which is aimed at improving the patient experience. According to a press release sent by Avera, hospitalists are providers who specialize in the medical care of hospitalized patients, providing "high-quality health care for patients from admission to discharge."

The program is set to begin Aug. 1, and Avera Queen of Peace will have a hospitalist on site for a 12-hour shift every day.

"By implementing a hospitalist program, Avera Queen of Peace will have a physician readily available to manage patients' care, as well as answer any questions they or their loved ones may have," said Tom Clark, regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace, in the press release.

Hospitalists will see patients in the hospital if a primary care provider has arranged it, a specialist asks for assistance or patients don't have a local primary care physician.

The hospitalist can also orders tests, medications and procedures, working closely with other specialists to optimize a patient's care, the press release stated.

"Based on feedback we've received from local physicians, we expect 90 percent of Mitchell family medicine and internal medicine physicians to have their adult medical patients managed by the hospitalists in our program," Clark said.  "That demonstrates the importance of having this service in the community ..."

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