Sound Physicians in Tacoma, Wash., recently announced that it will take over providing hospitalist services for SSM Health DePaul Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. Sound Physicians already had been running critical care at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, Mo.
SSM Health is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health system serving communities in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
“We have been impressed with their efficiency and professionalism of establishing Sound Physicians’ infrastructure that supports providers and implementing processes to drive improved outcomes,” said Rajiv Patel, MD, vice president of medical affairs for SSM Health DePaul Hospital.
Sound Physicians prides itself on improving quality and lowering costs of acute care for health organizations and facilities. Sound provides emergency medicine, hospital medicine, critical care, transitional care, and advisory services for its partners nationwide.
Pittsburgh-based health leaders Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network, and Erie, Pa.–based Lecom Health have agreed to establish an affiliation with Warren (Pa.) General Hospital, a full-service, 87-bed facility about an hour from Erie. The agreement will provide Warren General with capital to make improvements to its maternity unit and radiation oncology equipment, among other services.