PORT ANGELES: Hospital considers adding second on-site physician

Administrator Mike Glenn says Olympic Memorial Hospital is moving ahead with its hospitalist program.

Despite the disagreements between Virginia Mason Medical Center physicians and some independent doctors who say VM is trying to monopolize local medical services, Glenn says everyone agrees there is a need for two hospitalists.

“We have appointed a Hospitalist Oversight Committee to develop and recommend the appropriate model for the program,”‘ Glenn said in an interview.

A Virginia Mason doctor introduced the concept of having a hospitalist — a specialist physician focused on the care of hospitalized patients — at Olympic Memorial.

“Within 30 days, the committee will make a recommendation,” said Glenn, indicating the panel is represented by the district’s administration as well as independent and Virginia Mason physicians.

For the complete story see Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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