Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Hospitalist Program

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

Director of Hospitalist Services, Dr. Joseph Perras, brings extensive expertise and capabilities to our community. With a strong background in Internal Medicine and 12 years of experience as an Internist and Hospitalist, most recently with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he is a strong leader of our team. Dr. Perras completed his residency in Internal Medicine and served as a chief resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He received his Doctor of Medicine with Distinction from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Joseph Perras, Director of Hospitalist Services

Dr. Perras is joined by fellow Hospitalists:  Dr. Herbert Ip, Dr. William Palmer, Dr. Bilal Rizvi and Judy Ross, ARNP.


If you are a provider interested in joining our Hospitalist program, please contact Jean Martaniuk.