A hospital inpatient specialist, known as a hospitalist, has been added to the services available to patients at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH). Lindsay Vogel, ARNP, GNP(c), is now overseeing care for patients admitted to the Inpatient Department at GCMH.
"There is an advantage to having one medical provider focused on the care for each of our patients during their stay," remarks Brian Kellar, GCMH CEO. "Nurse Practitioner Lindsay Vogel has a strong background in working with chronic disease management, and a certification in gerontology, which is ideal for treating many of our patients who are hospitalized here." He adds that the addition of a hospitalist allows primary care providers to focus on their clinic practice, while communicating regularly with the hospitalist caring for their patients who are hospitalized.
Vogel is an Ackley native and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master's degree in Nursing Education from Allen College. She taught at Allen College for seven years before pursuing her nurse practitioner degree at St. Louis University. For the past year, Lindsay was part of an endocrinology clinic, where she gained experience in diabetes management. Vogel, her husband Nate, and two children will be relocating to Wellsburg in the near future.
Lindsay Vogel, ARNP, GNP(c) has joined Grundy County Memorial Hospital as an inpatient specialist, known as a hospitalist. She is an Ackley native, and is looking forward to caring for patients from the local area.
The role of a hospitalist has been growing in medicine for the past several years. Kellar says that the addition of a hospitalist is appropriate as hospitals focus on patient education, discharge follow-up, and the prevention of hospital re-admissions. "Our overall goal is improved patient care, and as our patient numbers continue to grow, the role of our hospitalist will become increasingly important."
In addition to expanding services for inpatients, the hospital is responding to outpatient needs. "We are seeing more patients in each of our outpatient areas and are eager to introduce additional medical specialties," says Kellar. A gastroenterology clinic with Dr. Srinivas Kalala is now available twice monthly in the hospital's Specialty Clinics, and echocardiogram services are offered weekly to meet an increased demand.
"While there have been news reports about the impact of Medicare funding changes on rural hospitals across the country, GCMH is experiencing growth and is committed to expanding health care services in the areas where our patients need us," remarks Kellar. "We're focused on patient satisfaction and delivering exceptional care."
More information about the health care services available at GCMH may be found at www.grundycountyhospital.org.