Hospitalist Program at AMC provides 24-hour in-house physician for quality patient care
SARANAC LAKE - Since its launch in 2009, the Hospitalist Program at Adirondack Health has grown to four physicians and a physician assistant who now provide 24-hour care for patients during their hospital stay.
A hospitalist is an acute-care physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner who cares for a hospital patient from admission to discharge while working with their primary care physician. Both the hospitalist and primary care physician will communicate regularly during a patient's hospital stay.
A hospitalist does not replace a patient's primary care physician, but does provide care for those patients without a primary care physician. Hospitalists do not provide care to a patient once they are discharged from the hospital.
Working in conjunction with nursing staff and other members of a patient's care team, such as medical imaging staff or a pharmacist, hospitalists are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and are able to provide compassionate and timely care for patients while they recover in the hospital.
The Hospitalist Program at AMC was started by Dr. Frank Nocilla in 2009. Dr. Nocilla is board certified in Internal Medicine and Disaster Medicine, and the Hospitalist Program at AMC is the fourth he has implemented during his career.
Dr. Mandeep Saluja has been with the program since 2011. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Since going to full-time in June, 2012, the Hospitalist Program has added the following medical professionals:
- Dr. William Viscardo Jr. is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians. He is a former Chief Medical Officer for Adirondack Health, and current medical director of the Hospitalist Program.
- Dr. Anthony Lombardi is Board certified in Internal Medicine, and has several years experience as a hospitalist at other health-care facilities.
- Alexa Pighini is a Certified Physician Assistant. Alexa joined the Hospitalist Program in August, 2012.
There are a variety of benefits for the patient, physicians, and hospital associated with a Hospitalist Program:
- A hospitalist on staff means a patient's treatment plan begins immediately, and can often result in a patient leaving the hospital sooner to return to the comfort of their own home. The hospitalist is also a resource for family members and others who play a role in their loved one's recovery.
- Prior to the Hospitalist Program, primary care physicians would visit their patients who had been admitted to the hospital. With this duty taken on by the hospitalist, primary care physicians can devote their time wholly to the important routine care provided during office visits.