Hospitalist Program

Personal medical care is important to Citizens Medical Center. That’s why we have an expert team of hospitalists to make sure patients receive proper attention and care.

Who is a Hospitalist?

The generic definition is: A provider who specializes in treating patients in the hospital. There’s a little more to this in practice.

Why is a Hospitalist caring for me?

Your primary care doctor, an emergency doctor, or another specialist has referred you to the hospitalist service. Hospitalists are specialized in care for hospitalized patients, one is assigned to your care, and a provider is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How does the Hospitalist Practice work?

The hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. The hospitalist works for the hospital fulltime and is available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The hospitalist may consult other doctors regarding your care. Our providers are in constant communication with all of the people providing your care while at Citizens.

What about my doctor?

Don’t worry, your primary care physician won’t be in the dark about your care. Part of the hospitalist’s duties involve working together with your doctor. The two doctors discuss any significant findings or events during your stay. At the time of discharge your medical information is sent to your doctor. And, your doctor is always welcome to check on you!

What if I don’t have a doctor at discharge?

The hospitalist and case manager will assist in finding a doctor for you to see after leaving the hospital. Records from your stay can be sent to your new physician. The hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You will be asked to see your primary care doctor for any refills.

How do I benefit from the Hospitalist Program?

In short, you receive better and more coordinated care then you would otherwise. Hospitalist benefits include:

  • Team based care
  • Shorter waiting time for transitions
  • Better communication
  • Personalized, family– centered care
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Efficient discharge process
  • Continuity of care
  • High quality care
  • Constant availability
  • 24 hours/7 days a week treatment

Your hospitalist is happy to speak with you or your family while you are in the hospital. Ask your nurse and they will contact them for you. When you leave the hospital, the hospitalist will communicate the details of your hospital stay with your primary care physician for continuity of care and discharge planning.

Our Team

Our team is made up of a variety of providers who coordinate your care– Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.

Daniel Cano, MD

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Medical Director

Theresa Zaiontz, RN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Program Manager

Yasir Ahmed, MD

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Prasanthi Arety, MD

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Sayyed Jaffri, MD

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Terry Brasher, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Carla Gibbs, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Isabell Mburu, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Erin Gurski, RN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Priscilla Layton, RN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Florence Oladoyin, RN, FNP-C

Nurse Practioner

For more information about our Hospitalist Program, please call (361) 579-1349 or email