Since they do not care for patients in outpatient offices, they are always
available to quickly respond to any changes in a patient’s condition.
The mission of a Hospitalist is to ensure that patients receive the best possible
quality care during their hospital stay, from admission to discharge.
changing climate of medical care regionally and across the United States has prompted
the movement towards the use of hospitalists as the standard of care at hospital
systems nationwide,” said John Cinicola, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Heritage
Valley Health System. “Hospitalists are increasingly being utilized
at hospitals throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan area with much success.
It is believed by many experts, that within the next few years, hospitalists will
provide the majority of inpatient care at hospitals throughout the country.”
addition to caring for patients in the hospital setting, another critical role for
the Hospitalist is to coordinate care with a patient’s Primary Care Physician.
Through Heritage Valley Health System’s electronic health record system, a
patient’s Primary Care Physician provides the Hospitalist with information
about his or her medical history. In turn, the Hospitalist makes sure that the patient’s
Primary Care Physician will receive information regarding his or her progress and
condition during the hospitalization.
are very caring and competent physicians that have been covering for us for inpatient
night time calls and admissions for the last three years,” said Tim Jackson,
MD, internist with the Heritage Valley Medical Group practice office located at
500 Sharon Road in Beaver. “They have done an excellent job caring for
our patients during this period of time and we continue to have a close working
relationship with this team of physicians. With that said, I feel it is important
for me to remind patients that that they should arrange a follow-up appointment
with their Primary Care Physician after they leave the hospital so that we can manage
their progress and address any further questions that they may have about their
The Program Director for Heritage Valley’s
Hospitalist Program is Michael Cratty, MD, PhD, SFHM who is board certified in Internal
Medicine – Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. He has been a member
of the medical staff for the last three years. In addition to Dr. Cratty,
there are nine other physicians, a physician assistant and certified registered
nurse practitioner that will cover both the Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage
Valley Sewickley campuses. All primary care physicians who are members of
the Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley medical staffs have the
option to work with the Hospitalists in the program.