Cass Regional to enhance care through hospitalist program

February 22, 2017

In partnership with Harrisonville Family Medicine, Cass Regional Medical Center will implement a full time hospitalist program in early March to best manage the health care of all patients admitted into the hospital.

Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in treating hospitalized patients. Cass Regional’s hospitalists will have offices on the Medical Surgical Unit, will regularly round on patients and can quickly adjust patients’ care plans, if needed.

The hospitalist program will benefit the community by creating additional office appointment capacities for primary care providers in the area, who in the past, have covered the inpatient units. This will not only improve their quality of life, but it will position the organization to attract additional primary care providers who are looking to provide inpatient or outpatient care rather than a mixture of both.

“As inpatient care has become more complicated and the acuity of patients admitted has continued to rise, the blending of inpatient and outpatient care has become more demanding and difficult,” Cass Regional CEO Chris Lang, said. “Providing a hospitalist service will allow the primary care physicians to have a 100 percent, full time outpatient practice.”

The partnering hospitalist group, P & C Healthcare, will have a physician in the medical center seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they will assume on-call responsibilities throughout each night.

Cass Regional’s leaders believe that by providing this program, numbers of patients transferred out of the facility to other Kansas City area hospitals may be reduced. This allows patients’ care to be maintained locally while reducing costs to the health care system associated with the transfers.

The physicians from P & C Healthcare are Nick Chitaia, MD, and Vijay Parthiban, MD, MBA.

Dr. Chitaia received his medical degree from Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Florida. Dr. Chitaia is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Dr. Parthiban received his medical degree from and completed his internship at Stanley Medical College, University of Madras in Madras, India. He received additional postgraduate training in internal medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York, New York. He also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Parthiban is board certified in internal medicine.

In addition to Dr. Chitaia and Dr. Parthiban, two nurse practitioners will also provide care for Cass Regional’s inpatient population.

“The providers from P & C Healthcare each come with 10 plus years of hospitalist experience at larger facilities,” Lang said. “As a result, these physicians will allow Cass Regional to improve the quality, timeliness, delivery and satisfaction of care provided to our admitted patients.”


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