By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Integris Bass Baptist Health Center’s hospitalist program was launched in 2011, when Integris hired physician Tanna Shaw.
Shaw is Integris’s only full-time hospitalist and is on duty and call Sunday evening through Thursday evening, plus the occasional weekend. Physicians Brian Whitson, Nadim Daher and Aaron Sizelove fill in when Shaw is not on duty.
Shaw is board-certified in internal medicine and sees only hospitalized patients at Integris Bass, working in conjunction with the patient’s primary-care physician for those patients whose physician chooses to assign hospital care to a hospitalist.
“Her presence at the hospital allows her to report test results back more quickly, and discharge patients in a more timely manner,” said Anita Luetkemeyer, director of public relations at Integris Bass.
Besides the patient being able to go home in a timely manner, there are other benefits to the arrangement, as well.
“Since she is based here at the hospital and doesn’t have to see patients in an office setting, she can take more time with the patients here,” Luetkemeyer said. “Also, the primary-care physicians can spend more time with patients at their offices and not have to worry about going back and forth to the hospital. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Should an emergency arise with a patient, Shaw already is on hand to take care of it, Luetkemeyer added.
Luetkemeyer commended Shaw’s reputation for “excellent, compassionate care.”
“I believe another reason the program has been so well received is that Dr. Shaw is excellent at communicating with the patients, their families and the primary-care physician who has entrusted that patient to her,” Luetkemeyer said. “She really acts as the leader for a patient’s treatment. She coordinates with physicians and specialists and takes care of patients as appropriate. It really is a great example of teamwork.”
Shaw was recruited specifically for the hospitalist position, Luetkemeyer said.
Shaw said she had personal reasons to come to Enid. Both she and her husband, Jeff Hoopingarner, grew up here. Hoopingarner owns Raptor Media Group.
“Jeff and I actually graduated from Enid High School together,” Shaw said.
She noted they didn’t date in high school, but met again in Oklahoma City after both had finished their studies and launched their careers.
Shaw started out treating patients in a clinic in Oklahoma City. After eight years, she switched to hospitalist work.
“In 2008, I changed gears and took a position with Integris Baptist Medical Center,” Shaw said. “Then in April 2011, I moved here. I had a baby in May and started working in August 2011.”
Hospitalist work pleases Shaw.
“I really enjoy taking care of the acutely ill patients, because we can make a difference in a short amount of time,” Shaw said.
Luetkemeyer noted hospitalists are becoming commonplace in hospital care.
“The community is additionally fortunate there are still primary-care practices in Enid accepting new patients,” Luetkemeyer added.