Daniel O'Hearn

Chief of Staff at Medical Center Hospital

Location:
500 W 4th St, Odessa, Texas, United States
Company:
Medical Center Hospital
HQ Phone:
(432) 640-4000

General Information

Education

M.D.  - 

M.D. photo  - 

Affiliations

Board Member  - Ector County Hospital District

Web References  

Odessa American Online: Serving the Permian Basin of West Texas

Dr. Daniel O'Hearn, MCH chief of staff, said he believes most administrators wanted to release the report.O'Hearn said none of the issue brought up by JCAHO affected patients directly."I'd be really upset if we were knocking people off," he said.O'Hearn noted that nurse practitioners at the Family Health Center are fully certified and licensed, they just were not credentialed to work in the hospital."In the past, there was no reason to credential them in the hospital," he said.

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Odessa American Online: Serving the Permian Basin of West Texas

The group is made up of medical professionals and is chaired by Dr. Daniel O'Hearn, MCH's chief of staff.Each month the committee reviews privileges and staff status of doctors and passes on findings to the Ector County Hospital District Board of directors for a vote.

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OA Online News

However, MCH's chief of staff, Dr. Daniel O'Hearn, champions the idea, as does the chief medical officer, Dr. Bruce Becker.O'Hearn said he is at the hospital at 5 a.m. most days.With hospitalists, O'Hearn said, "you trade a little familiarity for availability.It's really not much different than physicians covering for other physicians."He also said the cost to taxpayers could offset by more efficiency in saving patient days.O'Hearn said the hospital gets paid the same for some Medicare patients regardless of the length of stay.O'Hearn said the ultimate goal of the MCH hospitalist program would be "having somebody in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week."And he said another advantage would be having a physician available to facilitate the transfer of patients from area hospitals.He said when he sends patients to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, which has a hospitalist program, he can make one phone call rather than going through what could be a long process of contacting a specific physician.

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