Current Sites


Wilkes Barre General Hospital
Wilkes Barre General Hospital
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
www.commonwealth.net

AIM has been providing hospitalist service to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital since October of 2013. This 415-bed tertiary facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA started with 8 hospitalists and 2 CRNPs. The program is growing rapidly and is expected to eventually double in size. AIM continues to use the same business approach of complete integration and alignment with the hospital's goals to create a shared vision of success. All hospital metrics have shown significant improvement over the previous system. Our hospitalists are creating process and system improvements that maximize efficiency and have started to transform the overall experience of patients from admission to discharge. Examples include introducing geographic rounding and adding a remote telemetry unit. AIM hospitalists are always looking to partner with multidisciplinary teams to come up with innovative ideas that improve safety and quality as well as patient satisfaction.



Hazleton General Hospital
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
hazleton.lvhn.org/

AIM began providing services to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton on June 1, 2015. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, formerly Hazleton General Hospital, has 150 beds and provides inpatient acute care, rehab care at Gunderson Rehabilitation Center, emergency care, maternity and home care. It was the first accredited Primary Care Stroke Center in northeast Pennsylvania. It is also an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton is the recipient of several quality awards in heart failure, stroke and coronary artery disease care by the American Heart Association, and has been recognized by HealthGrades for Excellence in Patient Safety for five consecutive years (2008-2012) and Pulmonary Care for three years (2012-2014). The hospital also has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 as one of the Best Hospitals in Pennsylvania, and among the Best Hospitals in the Northeastern Pennsylvania/Lehigh Valley region, as well as in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area. AIM continues to maintain and improve upon the exemplary high quality care that Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton always provided..
Scranton, Pa.
www.regionalhospitalofscranton.net

AIM's system & process improvements and subsequent improvement in hospital metrics were so impressive that AIM assumed management of all hospitalist services at its sister hospital, Regional Hospital in Scranton, PA on August 1st, 2015. This relationship has already resulted in significant improvements in multiple metrics, including length of stay and cost per case. Regional Hospital of Scranton is a 322-bed acute care hospital. The hospital has been nationally recognized for quality, and in 2012 – for the sixth consecutive year – was named one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals by HealthGrades, a national accrediting organization. For three years in a row, it has been named Best Hospital in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Area by U.S. News and World Report magazine and to Becker’s Hospital Review list of the leading 100 hospitals in the United States. For four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has named Regional Hospital of Scranton a Top 100 hospital in the nation for heart care. No other hospital in our region has earned such a distinction, and only a select few in the U.S. have accomplished such a feat.


Wayne Memorial Hospital
Wayne Memorial Hospital
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Wayne Memorial Hospital Website


AIM began managing its first project, the Hospitalist Program at Wayne memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, in January, 2009. Using the same business approach as described above, performance metrics have improved in all areas on a consistent basis. Length of stay, case-mix index, core-measure capture and patient satisfaction scores have all improved significantly.

Integration with various committees has improved utilization, cut pharmacy costs, created new safety initiatives, and greatly improved discharge planning. The innovations and systems improvements are too numerous to list. In 2013 and 2014, the subsidy payments to AIM were below the average subsidy support levels for the region per the SHM State of Hospital medicine Report, largely because of AIM's level of efficiency. In fact, analysis of all data showed that AIM was not a cost center at all, but provided a profit to Wayne Memorial Hospital. The creation of a multi-disciplinary team created such unique improvements that Wayne Memorial Hospital and AIM were recognized with a front page article in the October, 2011 issue of The Hospitalist, the monthly national publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine. This hospital-hospitalist collaborative approach has created new energy at Wayne, and both administration and hospitalists have bought into the “shared vision of success” principle.

When Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania announced that it would be closing on February 1st, 2012, the local physicians in the Carbondale area chose to send the majority of their patients to Wayne Memorial Hospital instead of the two closer Scranton hospitals. This decision was directly attributable to the success of Wayne’s hospitalist program. In short, the business model utilized by AIM has been enormously successful, remains unique in its approach, and is now well-recognized regionally.

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