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Hospitalist Program Helps Ensure That Inpatients Receive Personal Care From Admission To Discharge
FORT BRAGG, Calif. — October 15, 2010 — Mohini Alexander, MD has joined the Mendocino Coast District Hospital staff as a fulltime hospitalist physician. The announcement was made today by MCDH CEO Raymond Hino.
“We are extremely pleased that a physician of Dr. Alexander’s quality has joined our staff,” said Hino. “Her presence represents an important enhancement to our existing hospitalist program, which helps ensure that inpatients receive personal care from admission to discharge.” Hino noted that hospitalists have sole responsibility for inpatient care so patients never have to wonder who is supervising their recovery.
Dr. Alexander recently relocated to Fort Bragg, following completion of her Internal Medicine residency training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Downtown Hospital, both in New York City. She worked as a research assistant in Berkeley prior to starting her residency in New York. Her hobbies and interests include hiking, biking, theater, music, traveling and reading.
According to Hino, the term hospitalist was coined over 10 years ago, and hospitalist programs are among the fastest growing medical practices in the United States. Hospitalists at MCDH admit and care for patients seen in the emergency department who do not have a primary care physician. They also admit and care for patients who have been referred by their primary care physician. For patients who have a primary care physician, close contact is maintained between the hospitalist, the patient’s physician — and the patient’s family.
The MCDH hospitalist program has been very well received by patients and physicians. “Many of the patients cared for by our hospitalists have commented on how seamless the transition was between care under their community physician and care in the hospital,” says Hino.