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Kona Community Hospital Contracting Out Hospitalist Services

May 15, 2013, 2:49 PM HST
* Updated May 15, 4:39 PM
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Kona Community Hospital has contracted with Sound Physicians to provide hospitalist services at the Kealakekua facility.

The Tacoma, Washington-based firm made the announcement Tuesday, stating the agreement calls for the recruiting of six physicians for the 94-bed hospital.

Included among the six physicians will be a chief hospitalist as well as a dedicated hospitalist registered nurse, whose role is to increase patient satisfaction.

“We’re excited to partner with Kona Community Hospital in their mission to provide quality-driven, customer-focused, cost-effective health care services for patients, the providers and the community,” said Sound Physicians Chief Executive Officer Robert Bessler, MD, in a press release.

Dr. Kathleen Rokavec, medical director at Kona Community Hospital, stated, “we chose Sound Physicians for its strong leadership and recruiting expertise.

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“We’re confident that Sound Physicians’ approach to hospital medicine with proven tools and workflows will allow for the best possible care of our patients.”

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Working with Kona Community Hospital’s leadership team, the company will work to improve inpatient care as well as the hospital’s financial outlook.

A private, public benefit health care facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, Kona Community Hospital includes an on-site skilled nursing facility and 24-hour emergency services.

Operated by Hawaii Health Systems, its current staff includes 400 employees and 100 medical practitioners.

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