Stacy Goldsholl, MD, BC IM (1/03-present)
Medical Director, Covenant Healthcare Hospital Medicine Program
1447 North Harrison
Saginaw, MI 48602
Hospitalist Support Associate
Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw, Michigan
Abdo Alward, MD, BC IM (8/04)
Anu Gollapudi, MD, BC IM (5/03)
Noel Lucas, DO, BC IM (5/03)
Iris Mangulabnan, MD BC IM (8/03)
Hassan Nasser, MD, BC IM (5/03-5/04)
Sayed Naqvi, MD, BC IM (4/04)
Shelene Ruggio, MD, BC, IM (9/03)
Devanshu Thakore, MD, BC FP (7/03-8/04)
Holly Krenz, Hospitalist Support Associate
Mary Burr, Certified Coder
Eight of the physicians are board certified in internal medicine; one is board certified in family practice.
The Health System
Covenant HealthCare is a nonprofit regional tertiary health care system serving 18 counties throughout East Central Michigan, offering high-quality medical care with 20 inpatient and outpatient facilities, including two acute care hospitals with 643 licensed beds and 40 adult critical care beds, 20 short-term skilled nursing beds, and 41 inpatient rehabilitation beds. A 30-bed long-term acute care hospital also rents space on the hospital main campus. Covenant’s new state-of-the-science Emergency Care Center provides critical and trauma care with an annual volume in excess of 73,000 patient visits and offers a helicopter service that was added in January 2004. Additionally, Covenant provides comprehensive medical services in cardiovascular, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, and all ancillary services. Covenant HealthCare also features Michigan’s northernmost regional neonatal and pediatric/pediatric intensive care units to serve the needs of children.
As Michigan’s sixth largest hospital and most comprehensive health care facility north of Detroit, Covenant HealthCare has been nationally recognized for its superior service, having received such distinctions as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital for cardiac care and orthopedics from 1999 to 2003. Covenant is the recipient of the 2003 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia, and is a five-time recipient of the National Research Corporation’s Consumer’s Choice Award. Covenant HealthCare ranks among the top 5% of hospitals its size nationwide for patient satisfaction.
All of the physicians and staff are employed by Covenant HealthCare. Pediatric services for the pediatric patients of the family practice physicians utilizing the hospitalist program are provided by a contractual arrangement with Synergy Medical Alliance Family Practice residency program, an affiliate of Michigan State University.
Management and Operational Structure
An on-site Medical Director is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Hospital Medicine Program. Clinical responsibilities vary according to the service needs. The Medical Director reports to the Vice President of Medical Affairs. All team members report directly to the program’s Medical Director.
A full-time support associate (M-F) is responsible for all communications with primary care physicians, other hospital departments, and general office maintenance. A part-time certified coder is available twice weekly for charge capture reconciliation, billing, and documentation audit and physician education.
Multidisciplinary rounds are conducted daily (M-F) at 9 a.m. with all rounding physicians, the program director, case managers, and liaisons from skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation units, and home health/hospice. During this time, patient status is updated, and discharge planning is initiated. Case managers also bring non-hospitalist patient medical necessity reviews to the director/hospitalists who also serve as physician advisors to case management.