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CEP America Now Staffing Hospitalist Program at Palomar Health Hospitals


CEP America, 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.

“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.  “Providers and patients alike can expect enhanced ED-hospitalist integration and improved patient throughput,” Dr. Talavera said.

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,” Dr. Pasha said.

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

“Smooth and timely transitions of care between the emergency and inpatient departments are vitally important for the comfort and safety of patients,” Dr. Fredericks said. “With CEP America physicians managing both departments at Palomar Health’s two main hospitals, care will be coordinated throughout a patient’s stay with seamless handoffs between physicians who are colleagues and partners,” Dr. 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.

Media coverage is welcomed. Please contact Leonel Sanchez, Palomar Health media relations manager at 858.675.5018 or at 858.531.6467 or at leonel.sanchez@palomarhealth.org.

About Palomar Health

Palomar Health is the largest public health-care district by area in California and the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County. It is governed by a publicly-elected board of directors, and its primary service area in Inland North San Diego County has more than 500,000 residents.

A Magnet® recognized health care system, Palomar Health has several facilities, including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Escondido and Poway as well as Palomar Health expresscare health centers in Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos and San Elijo Hills in San Marcos in North San Diego County and Temecula in Riverside County.

Palomar Health provides medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, heart care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery.

For more information about Palomar Health, please visit www.PalomarHealth.org.

About CEP America

Founded in 1975, CEP America provides hospitals with the clinical, staffing and management expertise necessary to improve clinical quality, efficiency and service across the acute care continuum. The CEP America - Hospital Medicine service line was founded in 2000 to address the inpatient management needs of hospitals. Managing all aspects of an inpatient practice, CEP America hospitalists align the goals of their client hospital, ensuring high-quality, cost effective inpatient care.

For more information on CEP America, please visit www.cepamerica.com.


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