Innovative care delivery program, rolled out across multiple Adventist Health locations, is recognized as an outstanding collaboration between emergency and hospital medicine teams.
EMERYVILLE, CA (September 28, 2021)—At the annual Vituity Partnership meeting, clinical leaders from the emergency medicine (EM) and hospital medicine (HM) practices across Adventist Health hospitals in California and Oregon were recognized for the successful rollout of a transformative hospital-at-home program.
With a hospital-at-home program, certain patients with an eligible diagnosis who normally would have been admitted to the hospital are able to receive hospital-level care in the comfort of their own home, with telehealth visits from hospitalist medicine physicians and daily in-person visits from nurses and other healthcare workers. Eligible diagnoses for hospital at home include congestive heart failure, COPD, and COVID-19 symptoms not requiring ICU care.
The Adventist Health Hospital@Home program is transforming how care is delivered and is testimony to how a health system and Vituity can partner on a project that is win-win-win for patients, clinicians, and a health system. Key to the success of this program is the collaboration between the EM and HM teams to meet a strategic goal and form strong partnerships in an entirely new way of caring for patients.
“Vituity is proud to recognize our emergency and hospital medicine teams responsible for the successful implementation of a thriving Hospital@Home program” said Gregg Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Vituity. “Adventist Health has been an amazing partner on this trailblazing collaboration benefitting multiple communities, with plans to expand across the system. The incredible response from clinicians and patients is a testament to this extension of traditional care models that delivers outstanding treatment outcomes and operational results in addition to high rates of patient satisfaction.”
Clinical leaders lauded for their commitment to the program include Babak Yekta, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director at Adventist Health Hanford; Maria Natalia Marmol, MD, Hospital Medicine Medical Director at Adventist Health Hanford; Jimmy Simmons, DO, Assistant Hospital Medicine Medical Director at Adventist Health Hanford; and Kami Graham, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director at Adventist Health and Rideout in Marysville, California.
Vituity clinicians volunteered to lead the implementation effort for Hospital@Home at Adventist Health as the first coronavirus surge hit the West Coast. The team recognized today led the way across an entire health system to demonstrate how patients could be admitted at home instead of into the hospital. This is a revolutionary concept that was a critical factor in maintaining capacity to care for patients during the height of COVID-19 surges. Beyond the pandemic, they’ve proven that this model of hospitalization at home not only works and is safe and effective but is also something that patients and clinicians prefer.
Adventist Health’s 150-bed Hospital@Home program serves heart failure, COPD, and COVID-19 patients who require an inpatient (but not critical) level of care. Hospitalists round on patients via telehealth, while mobile nursing and ancillary teams provide in-home care, including infusions, PT, X-rays, ultrasounds, oxygen, and medications.
In addition to satisfying patients while increasing inpatient capacity, Adventist Health’s program delivers strong outcomes. For the appropriate diagnoses, such as cellulitis, COVID-19, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, etc., Hospital@Home has been proven to improve outcomes, increase patient experience, and reduce readmission. Adventist Health has now admitted more than 500 people to its Hospital@Home program.
“This is an example of true integration between physician leaders who have worked tirelessly to not only ensure efficiency and quality of care but also increase provider and community awareness of the service—resulting in more referrals to the program and greater operational results for the health system,” said Gurvinder Kaur, MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer at Adventist Health Central Valley Network. “It’s truly a benefit to our patients and communities and will continue to grow in prevalence and popularity because it makes a difference in people’s lives.”
For nearly 50 years, Vituity has been a catalyst for positive change in healthcare. As a physician-led and -owned multispecialty partnership, our 5,000 doctors and clinicians care for nearly 8 million patients each year across 450 practice locations and nine acute care specialties.
Vituity’s acute focus and compassionate care are the driving forces that place us at the heart of better care. Our clinicians and practice management leaders develop front-line solutions for healthcare challenges that improve quality and have a direct positive impact on millions of lives nationwide.
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About Adventist Health
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual inpatient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.
Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.