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Pilot program at St. Louis hospital seeks to keep doctors

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 25, 2008

As a hospitalist, Philip Vaidyan, MD, saw patients on nearly every floor and in a variety of units. He soon found he was spending too much time moving among patients or answering pages from another area of the hospital. Then Vaidyan learned about a growing number of hospitals that reduced these frustrations by assigning hospitalists to specific units of the hospital. These hospitals, including SSM St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis, say the move has nearly eliminated wasted travel time and given physicians more time with patients, families and staff. The hospitals also hope better access to physicians will lead to better communication, and allow treatment to begin sooner.