Cogent Healthcare Teams with Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital

Monday, March, 28, 2011 -

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Cogent Healthcare, a leader in hospital medicine, today announced a new affiliation with Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, located in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the agreement, Cogent will serve in a management role for the hospital's 16 year old hospitalist program providing structure, support resources and leadership.  Both organizations share a common goal of providing the best quality inpatient care.

"Building on our successful relationship with sister facility Jewish Hospital, we are excited about our new partnership with Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital," said Jim Panoff, Chief Development Officer of Cogent Healthcare. "Using the Cogent System of CareTMmodel, which combines strong physician leadership with a constant measurement of performance indicators, Cogent aims to deliver very specific results in direct support of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth's goals for quality and efficiency while remaining focused on patient and physician satisfaction."

A 331-bed primary care hospital, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is a member of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare. Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital serves more than 45,000 patients each year in its emergency room, making it one of the busiest emergency departments in the city. Additionally, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth is the only acute care hospital in South Louisville, an area with a population of more than 176,000.

"With expanding demand for emergency and inpatient services, we recognized a need for greater infrastructure and resources for our hospitalists," said Valerie Briones-Pryor, director for the Hospitalist Program (HIPS) at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. "We chose to partner with Cogent largely because of its team-based approach, focus on quality improvement, and educational resources, such as Cogent Academy.  We're confident that our partnership with Cogent will be mutually beneficial."

With hospital affiliations throughout the U.S., Cogent has proven experience developing a broad array of highly successful hospital medicine programs. Cogent is well-known for providing exceptional patient care as well as a commitment to quality, safety and efficiency. 

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

About Saints Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (SMEH), a service of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, is a 331-bed, full-service hospital, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1874. SMEH offers a full range of vascular, orthopaedic, cardiac, medical imaging, surgical and emergency services, a wound healing center, sleep disorders center and has three medical plazas on campus to provide office space for a wide array of physicians representing a number of specialties.  Additionally, SMEH is home to Jewish Bariatric Care, the region's only weight-loss management program utilizing the Lap-Band® System and The Women's Center, a state-of-the-art diagnostic facility specifically for women.