IPC The Hospitalist Company Signs New Hospitalist Contracts with Methodist Healthcare San Antonio

IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc., a national physician group practice company, has entered into agreements to provide hospitalist services to four Methodist Healthcare System hospitals in San Antonio. Methodist Healthcare System, a joint venture with HCA, is the largest health care provider in the area.

The agreements, which formalize the practices IPC already has in place with these four facilities, are with Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and the Methodist Hospital campuses of: Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Northeast Methodist Hospital and Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Additionally, IPC already has a contract with Methodist Hospital, the flagship facility of the Methodist Healthcare System.

Dominic Dominguez, chief operating officer for Methodist Healthcare, says, “IPC and its physicians have already demonstrated that they are focused on providing high-quality outcomes and strong continuity of care for the inpatients they serve in our hospitals. Formalizing our agreements was an easy decision to make and we’re looking forward to a continuing and mutually rewarding partnership. Plus, IPC’s resources and capabilities will serve to further enhance the reputation for efficient, high-quality care which Methodist enjoys in San Antonio.”

Jay Evans, executive director for IPC’s San Antonio region, says, “In addition to shoring up our commitment to providing patients with excellent healthcare and the best possible hospital experience, we’re focusing on aligning with the hospitals’ goals-including providing 24/7 call coverage. IPC’s added resources, including our IPC-Link® practice management system, will also help improve the quality and continuity of patient care. At the same time, physicians will be able to make full use of Methodists’ ‘One Call’ Patient Placement Center, which optimizes bed utilization while maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction.”