Cogent Healthcare Launches New Intensivist Service Line

Natural Complement to Company’s Proven Hospitalist Solution

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cogent Healthcare, longtime hospital medicine partner to hospitals across the nation, today announced an expansion of its services to include intensivist programs for hospital and health system clients. The new offering, which is being officially launched after a successful pilot with St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif., is tailored to benefit critically ill medical and surgical patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU).

“The addition of intensivist services is a natural complement to our core business of providing comprehensive hospitalist services to the general hospital population,” said Gene Fleming, Chief Executive Officer of Cogent. “As more and more care is provided by site-based specialists, we believe Cogent is well-positioned to add management of ICU patients as our next service offering.”

Intensivists, or physicians board-certified in critical care medicine, work closely with a hospital’s ICU care team staff to proactively address changes in a patient’s condition, by providing consistent on-site care. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, “establishing an organized system of intensivists can improve ICU mortality and decreases length of stay.”

Piloted Success

In response to demand for Cogent to expand its scope of expertise to include intensivist programs, Cogent piloted this service in late 2009, at 463-bed St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif. Cogent rolled out a comprehensive program that managed the ICU at St. Bernardine’s to impact the hospital’s most fragile patient population.

“Our intensivist program at St. Bernardine’s has been highly successful,” said Rusty Holman, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Cogent. “Our goal was to improve the outcomes of patients in critical care. We were ecstatic that, after just six months, we saw significant improvements in length of stay, ventilation days and weaning times in post-cardiac surgical cases, and in various core metrics, such as reduction in vent-associated pneumonia.”

“Cogent physicians are well-trained and well-led, and their impact as hospitalists and intensivists significantly reduced the length of stay and resource use for our patients while improving outcomes,” said Andrew Robertson, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs of St. Bernardine Medical Center.

As a result of the successful deployment of the initial pilot, Cogent is expanding the number of pilot programs with several existing Cogent partners.

The Cogent Intensivist Model

“Cogent’s intensivist solution is modeled after our proven System of Care used for many years by our hospitalist programs,” said Ron Greeno, M.D., co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cogent Healthcare. “The intensivist program is a flexible design that can be easily integrated and work together with an existing hospitalist program or as a stand-alone service, to improve various areas of patient care and operational efficiency and reduce healthcare costs.”

To strengthen the intensivist programs, The Cogent Group, the consulting arm of Cogent Healthcare, provides assessment and evaluation for hospital or health system’s ICUs to determine the necessary workforce and workflow-level of the program.

The targeted results of the intensivist program include the following:

  • Improved quality of care
  • Increased patient outcomes
  • Fewer adverse events
  • More efficient use of resources
  • Improved patient, staff and physician satisfaction

To shape the new service line, Cogent is launching a National Intensivist Advisory Board, bringing together Cogent medical leaders and outside industry experts, from academic teaching institutions to tertiary care and community health systems. This Board will serve as a think tank to continually refine the intensivist model to better suit hospital partner needs.

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About Cogent Healthcare

Founded in 1997, Cogent is a pioneer and leader in the field of hospital medicine and critical care medicine. The company partners with hospitals to build and manage highly performing hospitalist programs and intensivist programs. In order to relentlessly improve the care and efficiency of hospitalized patients, the Cogent model offers a comprehensive System of Care that supports hospitalists with structure, a coordinated care team, data driven processes, rigorous ongoing training and experienced leadership. Cogent physicians lead the profession by setting best practices for hospital medicine and providing a national mentoring program. For more information, visit


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