1/25/2014: The Role of the Hospitalist in Health Care



Today we had Dr. JD Fitz of join us by phone. Dr. Fitz is the Senior Vice President of Physician Development for Sound Physicians in Tacoma, WA.

The vision of Sound Physicians is to be the unmatched leader in improving quality and reducing the cost of healthcare for patients in the communities we serve. Their mission statement summarizes how they aim to meet this vision;

Our Mission Statement:
We measurably improve quality, satisfaction and financial performance of healthcare delivery through exceptional inpatient care, deep investments in our people and performance management expertise, as well as complete alignment with our partners.

On today’s show, Dr. Fitz gave talked a bit about why he became a doctor and shared his own journey from a general practitioner to becoming a hospitalist and the how a hospitalist works with other medical providers and patients alike to improve the patient experience in our ever evolving health care system.

For more information on Dr. Fitz and the work being done through Sound Physicians you can visit their website or give them a call at  (800) 850-9665. Dr. Fitz also shared the following links for those wishing to learn more about hospitalists and their growing role in our health care system.

Dr. Fitz also recommended the following video about empathy



Rob is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, certified by the ISSA and is currently pursing a nutritional sciences degree with plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian. He is also a member of the Obesity Action Coalition and a volunteer for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. As a personal nutritional coach with Positively Healthy, Rob helps his clients make small, realistic changes to their eating and exercise habits that add up to positively healthy results.

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