About Our ProgramHRMC is privileged to have a Hospitalist Program for a hospital and community of our size. HRMC Hospitalists administer inpatient care and serve as house officers during the day. Duties include, but are not limited to, inpatient care, Swing Bed Program, backup/support for OR/ER patients, and serving as a liaison between hospital and outpatient physicians.
HRMC Hospitalist Program Aims:Expedite patient admissions with shorter wait times for a bed by facilitating both direct admissions requested by primary care providers in our community, as well as admission from the emergency department.
Promote excellent communication by acting as the center point of communication between the patient, family members, primary care providers, and specialists.
Provide personalized, patient/family-centered care with 24-hour availability to answer patient questions regarding medical care.
Promote shorter hospital stays by collaborating with all members of the healthcare team to ensure care is delivered in a timely manner.
Streamline the discharge process to get patients home to their families as quickly as possible.
Provide continuity of care through coordination with emergency room physicians and primary care providers in the community to admit patients with the most appropriate interventions ordered; this ensures timely delivery of care throughout inpatient admission, coordination of outpatient follow-up, and the availability of primary care physicians and specialists for consultation after discharge.
Provide high quality care by advocating for evidence-based practices, supporting quality initiatives, following up on test results, and monitoring each patient's clinical picture in its entirety to make precise adjustments in treatment daily as needed.
Ensure provider access. If a patient or family member has questions regarding the patient's care at anytime during the hospital stay, he or she may ask the nurse to contact the Hospitalist on his or her behalf; or he or she may call (803) 943-1286 and request to speak with the Hospitalist on call.
HRMC Hospitalists include:Erik Baker, MD
Jessica Litchfield, FNP-C
B.R. Alvarez, AGNP-C
Kelli King, APRN