Springfield, MA--The Mercy Internal Medicine Service (MIMS), one of the first hospitalist programs in the country to provide an in-house doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. MIMS was founded at Mercy Medical Center in July of 1993, three years before the term “hospitalist” was formally coined in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article.
“Since its founding, MIMS has continuously been an innovator in the delivery of high quality hospital care. In addition to achieving outstanding clinical outcomes, we have also successfully implemented such advances as the Care Link electronic medical record and our most recent care management program known as CareConnect,” said Simon Ahtaridis, MD, MPH, Medical Director of MIMS.
Hospital medicine, one of the fastest growing fields in medicine, is a fairly new specialty in which doctors referred to as “hospitalists” focus entirely on providing high quality, comprehensive care to patients admitted to hospitals. Currently, there are over 34,000 hospitalists practicing in more than 3,000 hospitals across the U.S. Published studies show that hospitals that employ hospitalists often have higher patient satisfaction, improved quality of care, reduced risk of unplanned readmissions and more coordinated and efficient care.
“MIMS is an example of Mercy’s distinct commitment to providing the very best care possible and the very best patient experience. The MIMS physicians and clinical staff have played an integral role in Mercy’s designation as a Top 100 Value hospital for the past four consecutive years,” said Daniel P. Moen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Providence Health System.
MIMS will celebrate its 20th anniversary at The Federal in Agawam on Monday, June 24, with a reunion of former and current MIMS providers, medical directors and administrative founders who first developed the MIMS hospitalist model.