---- — OSKALOOSA — Mahaska Health Partnership has named Anne Whitis, MD, medical director of the hospitalist program, the 2013 MHP MVP (Most Valuable Provider).
“This award goes to an outstanding provider who goes above and beyond to live the values of MHP and helps us in accomplishing our health care mission,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen said. “Choosing just one provider to honor from our outstanding medical staff is never an easy task.”
Members of the physician satisfaction team help select the MVP based on patient and staff relations, leadership and hospital engagement and participation in community events. According to Christensen, Whitis was instrumental in establishing the hospitalist program at MHP and currently serves as its medical director. She also participated in a number of committees at MHP, including the electronic medical record, physician communication and the integration team.
“Dr. Anne played a vital role in MHP’s integration with Family Medical Center, making sure it was a win-win for everyone, especially our community,” Christensen stressed. “She serves as a medical student mentor, is a dedicated volunteer for the Oskaloosa Free Clinic and was a member of the Oskaloosa School Board for more than 10 years. Her dedication to making Oskaloosa a great place to work and live is evident in her support for community betterment.”
Whitis headed up the research into best practices of a hospitalist program and developed policies and procedures for establishing MHP’s program. Christensen said a hospitalist is a physician who is solely dedicated to caring for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists act as patients’ primary care provider while they are in the hospital and are available 24/7 to meet the unique needs of each patient. They are more accessible to nursing staff and spend more time with patients and their families.
“Our hospitalists maintain close communication with the patient’s primary care provider, who resumes care when the patient leaves the hospital,” Christensen explained. “Having the hospitalist program has been very well received by our patients and their families, who appreciate being more informed and able to more closely participate in their loved one’s care decisions.”
Whitis received her award at MHP’s Annual Provider Appreciation Dinner, held Dec. 10 at the Peppertree.