24/7/365 Doctors on-site at Providence Hood River

July 24, 2012

Patients at Providence Hood River now have access to a doctor every minute of every day via hospitalists. Relatively new in the delivery of medicine, doctors in this discipline focus on all patients who are hospitalized. Beginning in August, Providence physicians Ryan Petersen, M.D., Gary Regalbuto, M.D., and Jim Edwards, M.D., will care for patients in the hospital, teach and provide leadership related to hospital care. As needed, they will connect with the patient’s personal physician for consultation.

Recent studies show that hospitalist-attended patients have better medical outcomes, lower costs and shorter lengths of stay in the hospital. Hospitalists both offer the patient on-site access to a physician, and also are familiar with key departments and individuals within the hospital, allowing for prompt connections with other health care personnel.

Dr. Petersen and Dr. Regalbuto are long-time community physicians, most recently working at the Providence Medical Group – Hood River Internal Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Edwards comes to Hood River from Providence Seaside Hospital, where he has been a hospitalist for three years. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois and was an intern and resident at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine.

“This is a win-win for our communality,” says Ed Freysinger, chief executive of Providence’s Columbia Gorge Service Area. “Patients in our hospital will be able to receive coordinated care by a designated team during their stay, and community providers will be able to focus even more on their patients in the clinic.”