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Hospitalists Enhance Continuity of Patient Care

Oceanside, NY – Patients treated at South Nassau Communities Hospital are now receiving care from healthcare teams that incorporate the expertise and acumen of physicians often referred to as hospitalists.

“From the moment patients are admitted to the second they’re discharged, the hospitalists work in concert with the physicians and the nursing staff and provide complementary care that assists patients in their recovery from illness or injury,” said Joshua Kugler, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Also known as inpatient care specialists, hospitalists are hospital-based internal medicine physicians who specialize in acute care medicine. Each hospitalist at South Nassau is board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine and is available to deliver efficient, timely and compassionate in-hospital patient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since they do not maintain private practices, they are able to fully devote their time to patient care. Hospitalist care at South Nassau is provided by Haiwen Ma, MD, PhD, Director of Hospitalist Services, and Naeem Rehman, MD. More hospitalists are expected to join South Nassau to meet the ever-increasing demand for hospitalist care.

Dr. Ma has extensive experience in hospitalist medicine. In 2004, she successfully launched a hospitalist program at another Long Island-based hospital and served as director of the program until 2006. Previously, she served as an attending hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, one of the most prestigious hospitals in the U.S. She began her career as a hospitalist at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY, after she completed Internal Medicine residency training at Jacobi Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Ma was awarded a medical degree from Shanghai University in the People’s Republic of China and a doctorate degree in molecular biology from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Active in research and published in prestigious medical journals, Dr. Ma completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 1997 with the Department of Pharmacology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Rehman earned a medical degree from Utesa Medical University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed residency training in Family Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital in 2005 and received residency training in General Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2001-02.

The hospitalists work with the physicians and nurses to plan and manage patient treatment plans. They maintain comprehensive, running reports that begin with admission histories and end with comprehensive summaries of the treatment received by the patients. The reports are used by the primary care physicians to resume managing the care of their patients after they are discharged from the hospital.

“The hospitalists are available to the patient and his or her family to discuss diagnosis and treatment, as well as any other concerns that arise during hospitalization,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO. “At South Nassau, we are committed to taking every action to provide the standard-setting patient care that our patients deserve.”

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