Greene County General Hospital has announced that Dr. Pete Powers, MD, is returning to Greene County.
Dr. Powers, a Lyons native, will serve as hospitalist at Greene County General Hospital and will also see patients at a newly formed primary care clinic, Greene County Health-Lone Tree.
Hospitalist services are new at Greene County General Hospital.
Brenda Reetz, chief operating officer for GCGH, said, "The addition of the hospitalist program is a great opportunity for the hospital and we are excited to be able to provide this service to our patients."
Hospitalists are physicians specially trained in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. Hospitalists are Board Certified in Internal Medicine; and as inpatient care specialists, they possess extensive expertise in best treatment practices, care coordination and options for post-discharge care.
They work closely with a patient's own primary care physician while a patient is in the hospital, from admissions to discharge. They perform examinations, make diagnoses, order tests and treatments, prescribe medications, develop aftercare plans and oversee the patient's general hospital care. Once a patient is discharged, they will resume receiving care from their primary care physician.
If a patient does not have a primary care physician, Dr. Powers can serve as their primary care physician at Greene County Health-Lone Tree Medical Clinic.
"I am excited that the environment has changed at Greene County and that they have decided to start a hospitalist program," Dr. Powers said. "It's good for patient care."
Most all surrounding hospitals have a hospitalist program, Dr. Powers said.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Pete Powers join our medical staff," Reetz said. "He is a local physician that will be committed to the community and his expertise in hospital medicine will help us continue to improve the quality of care for our patients."
In addition to serving as hospitalist, he will also begin seeing patients at Greene County Health-Lone Tree Medical Clinic, a newly acquired primary and specialty care clinic located across from the hospital. The clinic offers Podiatry services from Dr. Matthew Parmenter of The Foot and Ankle Center, and Ear, Nose and Throat services from Dr. J.R. Sarpa of ENT Associates of Southern Indiana, as well as Infusion Therapy Services.
Greene County Health-Lone Tree Medical Clinic, located at 1216 North 1000 West, joins three other clinics in the Greene County Health family. Currently, clinics are located in Bloomfield, Linton, and Worthington.
Last month, ground was broken for a clinic at WestGate. Construction on the WestGate clinic has an anticipated completion date of mid-to-late summer 2013.
Dr. Powers will be available for appointments at the Lone Tree clinic beginning Jan. 14. He'll be available from 1-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Greene County Health's central billing office at (812) 384-3050.
Some believe that bigger is better when it comes to healthcare. Dr. Powers said that isn't always the case. He's worked in large hospitals, including an 800-bed facility in New York City.
"I can deliver better care in the smaller hospital than I did in New York City or Indianapolis. We can give just as good of care here," he said.
Dr. Powers, a 1994 graduate of White River Valley High School, received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University, then attended Indiana University Medical School where he received his medical degree.
Powers is happy to be back in Greene County.
"It's great," he said. "I'm closer to friends and family. At the hospital, I work with a lot of people I grew up around, so that's nice."
One could say medicine runs in Dr. Powers' blood.
"I come from a family full of doctors and dentists," he said.
His father, Dr. Bill Powers, practiced medicine in Greene County for more than 40 years. His grandfather was a dentist, as are his brother and sister.
In addition to serving as a hospitalist and primary care physician, Dr. Powers will also help recruit other physicians to the area as well as conferring with local physicians to discuss the importance of utilizing Greene County General Hospital's services instead of referring patients to out-of-county facilities.