Virginia Mason Providers Added to Orthopedic Call Schedule at KVH Hospital

6/4/15

Orthopedic providers from Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center have agreed to participate in a rotating call schedule to provide emergency medical care for orthopedic patients at KVH Hospital.

A rotating call schedule arranges for a healthcare provider to be nearby and able to respond to the hospital if it is not possible or practical for a specialty provider or surgeon to be in the hospital at all times.  Call schedules are especially common in rural areas where emergency visits for a particular specialty are infrequent.

Adding orthopedic providers from Virginia Mason into the rotating call schedule will support all orthopedic providers in Kittitas County by reducing the number of days that they are scheduled to take call, while also ensuring patients receive the highest quality and safest care. 

The first Virginia Mason providers will be integrated into the existing orthopedic call schedule later this month.  They will have privileges to perform surgery at KVH Hospital if needed.  There were 15 emergency orthopedic surgeries at KVH Hospital in 2014.

Virginia Mason is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best and safest hospitals in independent evaluations by Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Mason is also designated as a national high-performer for quality and clinical outcomes in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

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