Gurinder Kaur, M.D., has been named medical director of the St. Joseph’s Health Hospitalist Program at Rome Memorial Hospital.
The hospitalist team specializes in caring for the complex needs of patients when they are hospitalized. They work collaboratively to coordinate care with each patient’s primary care provider and specialists for continuity of care.
In her role as medical director, Dr. Kaur seeks opportunities to optimize the infrastructure of the healthcare system to enable hospitalists, nurses and other clinical professionals to deliver the highest quality of care.
Since joining Rome Memorial Hospital, she has been partnering with the hospital’s multi-disciplinary teams on various process improvement projects.
“I enjoy working with others to develop strategies to achieve our shared goals,” she said. “We want to make it easy for doctors and other clinicians to focus on caring for our patients,” Dr. Kaur said. She draws upon her experiences from her rotations at various hospitals to fine-tune processes.
Raised in Central New York, Dr. Kaur earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany and her doctor of medicine from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Health, Syracuse, where she served as chief resident and worked as a hospitalist.
Family medicine attracted Dr. Kaur because of its focus on preventing disease by partnering with patients to reduce risk factors that can negatively impact their quality of life.
However, during her hospital rotations, she discovered she enjoyed taking care of patients when they were at their most vulnerable.
“Hospitalists can check back with patients throughout the day and watch them make improvements right in front of you over the course of the hospital stay,” she said.
“When patients are hospitalized, they depend upon us to reassure them that they’re not alone,” Dr. Kaur said.
“We have the ability to provide explanations that patients and their families need to understand their medical condition. We want them to feel supported when they are faced with decisions about their care and treatment.”
A team of eight hospitalists provide care at Rome Memorial Hospital. A physician is on site 24 hours a day so they can immediately respond to a change in a patient’s condition.