Dr. FerranceRandy Ferrance, MD, a hospitalist at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (RTH) has been honored with the Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine, based in Philadelphia.

Dr. Ferrance received the award at a formal induction during the Hospital Medicine Conference on May 18 in National Harbor, MD.

Dr. Ferrance, who is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care in addition to Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, sees this Senior Fellow distinction as "recognition of both the length of service and the quality of the hospital care one is delivering."

Hospitalists specialize in taking care of patients while they are in the hospital. They work as a team to be on site around the clock to ensure that a provider is always available, working closely not only with the other hospitalists and specialists, but also with a patient's primary care provider.

"RTH was way ahead of the curve in switching to the hospitalist model," said Dr. Ferrance.  "Medicine has now become so specialized that the same skill set that makes a physician an excellent primary care provider no longer is enough to care for patients well in the hospital.

"Utilizing hospitalists improves patient care since sicker, hospitalized patients are all we do and there is always a hospitalist available in the hospital as a provider and facilitator. With the hospitalist as the point of contact for the patient, family, primary care provider and specialists, information flows much more smoothly," he added.

Published: June 4, 2013