Published: December 15, 2014

HCG Contracts with Van Wert County Hospital to run Hospitalist Service

Hospital Care Group (HCG) has contracted with Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert, OH to manage and operate their Hospitalist Program beginning February 1, 2015.  In this unique relationship, HCG will be employing existing Van Wert internist, Dr. Scott Jarivs, and has added Dr. Dean Bailey to the HCG team.  Together they will provide Van Wert with complete hospitalist coverage backed up by HCG's nighttime Mid-levels.  

"Van Wert and Dr. Jarvis have done an outstanding job with their hospitalist service over the years and we are privileged to now be a part of continuing that program and taking it to the next level of excellence", says Mark Drapala, CEO of HCG. "We have assembled a great team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who will be providing care at Van Wert.    

Van Wert County Hospital is a 99-bed independent community hospital that excels at providing high quality care and excellent patient satisfaction.  In 2013, Van Wert received the Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey for superior inpatient satisfaction.  Press Ganey is a national leader in patient satisfaction surveying for hospitals and health care organizations. 

Published: May 1, 2014

HCG Announces New Partnership with Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN

Hospital Care Group (HCG) has established a partnership with Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN to provide a full-service hospitalist service effective May 1, 2014.   Dupont Hospital is part of the Lutheran Health Network (LHN) a multi-hospital system based in Fort Wayne, IN. LHN is a flag-ship system of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), one of the nation's leading operators of general acute care hospitals in the nation.  

Dupont Hospital is a 131-bed urban community hospital that maintains an outstanding track record of superior service.  In 2012, Dupont was named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the "100 Great Community Hospitals".  Dupont was also on the list of Thomson-Reuters 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. 

"We are extremely excited to be establishing a long-term relationship with such an excellent hospital and health system", states Dr. Khurrum Shaikh, M.D., President and CMO of HCG.  "And we are equally excited to be operating an HCG Hospitalist Program in an urban setting.  This gives HCG a unique position in the marketplace as we now can serve both rural and urban hospitals with our superior brand of hospital medicine."

The HCG Hospitalist Program at Dupont will provide full-time, 24/7 on-site hospitalist coverage.  For further information how HCG can help your organization, please contact Mark Drapala, CEO, Hospital Care Group, at 260-241-5318.  

Published: Feb 20, 2014

Nurse Practitioners in Ohio can now admit patients to the hospital  

On February 18, 2014, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law H.B. 139 permitting certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physician assistants (PA) to admit patients to hospitals if three conditions are met.

1. The CNP or PA has a standard care arrangement or approved supervision agreement with a collaborating doctor who is a member of the medical staff.

2. The patient will be under the medical supervision of the collaborating doctor.

3. The hospital has granted the CNP or PA admitting privileges and appropriate credentials.

This new law will greatly enhance the effectiveness and productivity of CNPs and PAs who practice in Ohio as hospitalists in the inpatient setting.