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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2019
Saratoga Hospital Introduces New Inpatient Transition Program
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., October 7, 2019—Saratoga Hospital has created a new Inpatient Transition Program to provide hospital-to-home services for adult patients with a chronic illness or health risks. This patient-focused program is designed to improve both patient care and the system for transitioning that care from a hospital setting to a primary care provider.
“The Inpatient Transition Program is especially needed for those chronically ill patients who may not have prompt access to their primary care physician,” said hospitalist Kevin Dooley, MD, medical director of the Inpatient Transition Program. “These are patients who need to be seen within three days at most. A discharged patient who misses out on follow-up care may inadvertently mismanage their medications or miss a warning sign and eventually end up back in the hospital. This program helps ensure overall better health outcomes for the patients, reducing the chance of rehospitalization. It also helps to relieve the pressure on the overtaxed schedules of primary care physicians in our community.”
As hospitalized patients are prepared for discharge, those who meet certain health criteria will be given the opportunity to choose to have their initial follow-up appointment at the Inpatient Transition Program office. Located at 119 Lawrence Street on The Wesley Community campus, the well-equipped clinic is staffed with dedicated medical professionals to provide guidance and the necessary resources (education, medical treatment, etc.) to ensure a successful transition home and back to their primary care provider. The staff works with primary care providers to arrange appointments, providing follow-up care in the interim as well as communication with the patient’s care managers, visiting nurses, and other providers as needed.
For more information about Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Inpatient Medicine, please visit SaratogaHospital.org.
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About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in region. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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