Local doctor honored as one of nation’s top 10 hospitalists for 2010

The Bellingham Business Journal

Dr. Allen Johnson, medical director of the Hospitalist Program at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, was recently honored by the American College of Physicians’ Hospitalist magazine as one of the top ten hospitalists of 2010.

Johnson, who has been at PeaceHealth since 2009, was profiled in the magazine as one of the nation’s “Top Docs.”

Hospitalists are site-based physicians who provide care for hospitalized patients. Working at hospitals and without an off-site practice, hospitalists are available for emergencies, to meet with patients and their families, interpret test results and interact with specialists on a patient’s behalf.

At PeaceHealth, Johnson has been a leader in initiatives to reduce hospitalized patients’ length of stay and to improve their transition to post-hospital care. He introduced a standardized discharge summary to improve the transition from hospital to primary care. The template includes a checklist of 20 elements vetted by hospitalists and primary care physicians in a pilot project at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

Johnson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, and completed his residency at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center.  He worked as an emergency room physician for 10 years before becoming a hospitalist.

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