Hospitalist Services

Hospitalist Program at CMH

Providing cohesive care and a smooth transition into and out of the hospital

The Hospitalist Program at CMH is designed to optimize and personalize patient care to provide smooth transitions into and out of the hospital. A hospitalist is a physician who assists your doctor when you require admission. He or she is part of your patient-care team and acts as a liaison between your doctor and your team at the hospital.

For example, if you come to the Emergency Department, you will be stabilized by ED medical staff. If an admission is medically necessary, the hospitalist will be called to admit you as an inpatient. He or she will immediately contact your primary care physician regarding your care and any medical information necessary to treat you. The hospitalist will also keep your physician up-to-date on your progress.

Our hospital case manager will work with your physician’s office to plan appropriate follow up, provide needed education and engage community services for you, if necessary. For specialty consultations, we will establish a list of your physician’s preferences in order to maintain the relationships that you have already established with your doctor.

At discharge we will provide your physician with a detailed summary of the hospitalization, as well as all appropriate test results and consultation reports for his or her files. We will make sure that these are in your doctor’s office before you see him or her for follow up visits.

Meet your hospitalists…

Peter Franklin, D.O. is a hospitalist at Columbia Memorial. A magna cum laude graduate in biology from SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Franklin received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. Prior to joining Columbia Memorial, he completed his residency at Northshore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.

Yelena A. Kogan, M.D. is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician. She serves as a Hospitalist for Columbia Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kogan attended Duke University and received a Bachelors of Science degree. She went on to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School where she obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree. Thereafter, Dr. Kogan completed the Eastern Virginia Medical School Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Kogan is fluent in Russian and Portuguese and has a good understanding of Spanish.

Franck Tirgari, M.D. is a hospitalist working at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tirgari is a graduate of the University of Nantes, France in biology and received his medical doctor degree from Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Hungary, graduating cum laude. He was the neurological house physician at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center Hospital in New York where he also did his residency. He completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System before coming to work in Hudson in 2006.

Douglas Wickman, M.D. is a hospitalist at Columbia Memorial. Previously, Dr. Wickman worked as an intensive care hospitalist at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon. He also held a position as hospitalist with McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Oregon. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the Robert Wood Johnson University of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Christine Byrnes, N.P. works in the Columbia Memorial Hospitalist Program. Previously, she was a Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Nephrology in Glens Falls, NY. She was also a critical care nurse at Sharon Hospital in Sharon CT. Her NP Degree is from the Sage Graduate School. Her BS, RN is from The Sage Colleges.