What is a Hospitalist you may ask? Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians (“hospitalists”) and non-physician providers who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. In addition to their core expertise managing the clinical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized patients, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and healthcare systems. The Hospitalist is responsible for managing all aspects of a patient's hospitalization including admission and discharge, overseeing patient care, ordering tests and lab work, writing orders, and consulting with the patient's Primary Care Provider (PCP) and specialists, and communicating with the patient and his/her family during the patient's stay in the hospital.
There are many benefits to having a Hospitalist. For the inpatient, it means that there is a doctor available at all times who can respond quickly to the patient's needs or changes in condition. Additionally, studies show that a Hospitalist program can reduce costs and length of stay, and lead to improved care.
While you're a patient in the hospital, your care will be coordinated by the Hospitalist. Through an established protocol, the Hospitalist will communicate regularly with your PCP to ensure that your PCP is informed of your progress as well as any changes or concerns. Your PCP is welcome to visit you in the hospital at any time. A Hospitalist at Mt. Ascutney Hospital is on duty during the day, every day of the week. Night time hours are handled by the doctor on call.
Our Hospitalist Team
Dr. Herbert Ip is our Director of Hospitalist Services and is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Ip received his medial degree from University College Dublin of National University of Ireland, and completed his residency at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, where he was Chief Medical Resident. While at Lahey Hospital, he also earned the Innovations and Excellence in Clinical Education Fellowship and Resident In-Service Examination Award. In addition, Dr. Ip served as Clinical Associate and Clinical Instructor with Tuft's University School of Medicine, mentoring and educating medical students and is currently a Clinical Instructor with Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. His publications include research on musculoskeletal disorders, pneumonia treatment, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Ip is joined by fellow Hospitalists: Dr. Alden Hall, Dr. William Palmer, Dr. Joseph Perras, Dr. Bilal Rizvi and Judy Ross, ARNP.
If you are a provider interested in joining our Hospitalist program, please contact Jean Martaniuk.