In each issue, we'll ask a doctor from your community to answer a frequently asked health question.
Q: What is a hospitalist? What do hospitalists do at Harrison?
A: A hospitalist is generally an internal medicine or family medicine physician who specializes in hospital medicine. They are dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to acutely ill hospitalized patients, and experts at managing the clinical problems related to their care. A hospitalist's role is to:
provide prompt and complete care to all inpatient needs,including diagnosis, treatment, and the performance of relevant procedures
employ quality and process improvement techniques
collaborate with all physicians and healthcare personnel who care for hospitalized patients
safely transition patient care within the hospital,and from the hospital to the community
use hospital and healthcare resources efficiently
At Harrison Medical Center, hospitalists are employees of Sound Physicians. We staff the Bremerton hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so a member of our team is always available to provide prompt inpatient care. The hospitalists at Harrison Bremerton admit all unassigned patients, as well as patients for over 100 primary and specialty care physicians in Kitsap County. Our team works closely with Harrison’s administrators to improve quality outcomes and processes in an effort to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients.
Rana Tan, MD, is the chief hospitalist for Sound Physicians at Harrison Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Tan previously worked as a pulmonary and critical care physician before transitioning to hospital medicine.