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Plainview Hospital Launches Hospitalist Program

Patients assigned a doctor in charge

of their care during hospital stay

The latest in hospital care is, a hospitalist.

Don’t know what that is? Check out Plainview Hospital, which began a hospitalist program last October and plans to expand it to Syosset Hospital, according to Dr. Alan Mensch, senior vice president of medical affairs at Syosset and Plainview hospitals, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Under the program, patients are assigned a doctor responsible for their care during their hospital stay.

A hospitalist doctor coordinates with a patient’s primary care physician and is a critical part of a patient’s care while they are in the hospital. The patient’s primary care physician will consult with the patient prior to enrolling them in the program; the process is similar to a doctor referring a patient to a specialist. Among the benefits of being treated by a hospitalist is that patients can be treated by a doctor whenever they need care and the length of their hospital stay can be decreased.

“Hospitalized medicine is becoming a specialized field,” said Dr. Mensch. “One of the advantages of having a hospitalist is they are immediately available to their patients in the hospital. They are also able to assume other responsibilities, including teaching the resident staff, getting involved in hospital committees and supervising rounds.”

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Plainview resident Gail Wurtzel will be leading her team, Memories of Miriam, in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park later this month.

 

Wurtzel’s Mother, Miriam Hanania, also a Plainview resident, succumbed to the disease two years ago after a long struggle. The disease forced her to go from an active, vibrant person to being wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for her care. 

 

ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

While everyone is subject to the trials and tribulations that life offers on a day-to-day basis, some people can use just a little bit of extra help. Luckily, there’s help with a proven track record out there for those who need it. 

 

Joe Russo of Old Bethpage heads up the Recovery International meetings held weekly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. These meetings extol the virtues of the self-help techniques developed by the late Dr. Abraham Low, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry as the University of Illinois Medical School.  


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