CEP America begins staffing inpatient departments at Palomar Health hospitals

The physician group that has staffed Palomar Health’s emergency rooms for many years is now staffing the inpatient departments at the district’s two main hospitals.

The expansion of services by CEP America is expected to strengthen the continuum of care at the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway, the district reports.

“We are excited to bring the same level of care to the hospitals’ inpatient departments that we have to their emergency departments,” said Mark Talavera, MD, CEP America’s vice president for hospital medicine.

Inpatient medicine physicians, also known as hospitalists, specialize in the care of hospitalized patients.

CEP America began staffing the inpatient departments at the new Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital on April 1, taking over for another physician group. Most of the physicians who had been staffing the inpatient departments continue in their positions but are now members of CEP America.

“CEP America has been part of Palomar Health for many years and has an excellent track record for quality and efficient care,” said Sabiha Pasha, MD, CEP America’s hospitalist program medical director. “Having this new structure with CEP America providing ED and hospitalist services allows for greater collaboration in the care of patients and at the end of the day that is what is most important.”

CEP America Regional Director John Fredericks, MD, agrees that the close working relationship between CEP America hospitalists and emergency physicians will benefit patients.

“Smooth and timely transitions of care between the emergency and inpatient departments are vitally important for the comfort and safety of patients,” Fredericks said.

CEP America also staffs the Standby Emergency Department at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido and provides hospitalist-related services to the acute rehabilitation and mental health units there.

Palomar Health, which recently completed an urgent care building at 211 13th St. in Ramona, is the largest public health-care district by area in California and the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County.

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4 Comments for “CEP America begins staffing inpatient departments at Palomar Health hospitals”

  1. Jane Tanaka MD

    Agree that smooth transition from the ER to inpatient hospital service is crucial. 5 hours strapped to a back board in the ER waiting for a room when the hospital was nearly empty yet was my husband's experience at Palomar several months ago. But on the other hand, does this mean that Arch Health Care MDs will not take are of Arch pts at Palomar? Does this mean that your outpatient primary care MD cant be your attending in the hospital?

    • MariaStanley

      I was pretty sure of the answers to your questions, just to be sure I asked my doctor (Arch Health). If your Arch doctor admits you to the hospital they will be will you through your stay, unless they bring in a specialist. Nothing's really changed except for maybe the folks that don't have managed care, insurance, etc.

  2. Donna

    From my experience, the more layers of businesses and entities between end user and provider, the more expensive the service, the worse the service and the more reasons why the service can't meet individual needs.

  3. Mike Walker

    Since Palomar opened our family has had 2 visits to their ER.
    Both visits have been horrible, here you have a billion dollar hospital run by a guy making a million dollars a year and the level of service is about what you would get at third world hospital. On both occasions we left [once by ambulance] to go to Pomerado hispital in Poway to get treated.
    My son could have very well lost his eyesight due to the dithering and gross incompetence of the ER staff that night.
    Thank God we have the option of using Pomerado even though it's a 10 mile drive.

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