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Published on December 20, 2011

New Physician Service Program at Valley West Community Hospital

December 20, 2011 

An additional patient-focused service for our patients and physicians is a key goal of a new program adopted by Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich: the introduction of a hospitalist program, a rapidly growing model seen in other hospitals throughout the country.  

Having hospitalists allows local primary care physicians another option for continuing excellent care for their hospitalized patients while having more available time for their office practice. The use of hospitalists is the decision of each primary care physician for their patients. 

Hospitalist physicians are readily available in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat admitted patients. “Our hospitalists have no offices or patients outside of the hospital,” said Dr. Michael Kulisz, KishHealth System Chief Medical Officer. “They are available to the hospital 100% of their time, and if needed, see patients multiple times during the day. They can respond to urgent patient needs in minutes, and are available to order tests and view results in real time. They’re also available throughout the day to help the nursing staff with questions involving hospital patients.” 

Dr. Kulisz said the hospitalist stays in close touch with patients, their families and their personal physicians. This helps assist the primary care physician with the care of their patients during their stay in the hospital. “We’re really excited about being able to elevate the over-all level of care our patients receive and, hopefully, to operate more efficiently.”

Tanya Richardson, MDValley West is happy to welcome Hospitalist Tanya Richardson, MD, to the medical staff. 

Dr. Richardson graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and completed medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She completed residency training in family medicine at St. Joseph Hospital, a Northwestern Affiliate, through the Department of Family Medicine program. 

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Richardson previously practiced at the Hammond Clinic in Munster, Indiana, and as Teaching Attending Physician and the Vice Chairman of the Department and Family Medicine for St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. 

In addition to Dr. Richardson, Dr. Sean Rardin, and Dr. Anjum Hussaini are also hospitalists on staff at Valley West. 

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