A team of physicians known as “hospitalists” now offer round-the-clock care to SVH patients whose primary care providers request the service. This is part of a national trend to have these specialists providing acute care to hospital patients.
Working in conjunction with a patient’s primary care physician, hospitalists use their training and experience to enhance the quality and efficiency of inpatients care. A hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in the care of patients who are in the hospital. Often internal medicine physicians, they are highly skilled in taking care of those patients who are most ill and require acute care in a hospital. As needed, the hospitalist will order tests, prescribe medications and recommend special therapies for you or your child.
After discharge, the patient returns to their primary care physician for follow-up visits and care.
About our pediatric hospitalist program
Pediatricians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Skagit Valley Hospital as part of our pediatric hospitalist program partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Known as pediatric hospitalists, these Seattle Children’s physicians work in Skagit Valley Hospital, caring for young patients throughout the hospital, from newborns to older children.
Pediatric hospitalists care for hospitalized patients and work with the child’s regular pediatrician and other physicians involved in the child’s care to provide updates during the hospital stay and an overview when the child is discharged from the hospital.
Meet the hospitalists:
Bonita K. Baker, MD, is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and served her residency and a Fellowship at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Baker is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care.
Dmitry Feldman, DO, joined the team of hospitalists caring for patients at Skagit Valley Hospital in September 2009. A native of Lynnwood, Dr. Feldman graduated from the University of Washington and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. He performed an osteopathic residency in internal medicine at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Nora Kirschner, MD, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her residency training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Kirschner joined the hospitalist team in 2012. She is fluent in Hungarian.
Dorien McAbee, DO, is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She completed a residency at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. She joined the hospitalist staff in 2012.
Paul Miller, MD joined the hospitalist team in November 2012 as the program’s Medical Director. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. He completed his internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Miller is board certified in Internal Medicine. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Miller also earned a law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association – Health Law Section. Prior to working at Skagit Valley Hospital, he served as the Medical Director of the Hospital Medicine program at St. Joseph Medical center in Mishawaka, IN.
Onder Orgul, MD, is a graduate of Hacettepe University in Turkey. He served his residency at State University of New York at Buffalo and a Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Orgul partners with Dr. Ajith J. Kumar to provide nephrology services at the Kidney & Hypertension Clinic in Mount Vernon.
Randall S. Randhawa, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a full time hospitalist since January 1, 2009. He moved to Washington from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Saint Joseph Mercy hospital in Ann Arbor where he was selected to be a chief resident. His interests are in critical care hospital medicine and endocrinology.
Jon Ransom, MD completed his medical degree and residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed a Nephrology Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Geoffrey Spielmann MD completed his residency in internal medicine at Mulmonider Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1986 and practiced at North Cascade Internal Medicine, a division of the Skagit Valley Medical Center (now Skagit Regional Clinics), before becoming a full-time hospitalist. He has a special interest in endocrinology.
Daniel Virnich, MD joined the hospitalist team in 2012. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed internship and residency training at UCLA Medical Center in LosAngeles, Calif. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Meet our pediatric hospitalist team
(L to R) Erin Charles, MD; Rowena Pusateri, MD; Lyall Bishop, MD; Barbara Geraghty, MD; Brad Berg, MD; Jennifer Taylor, MD
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