In 2012, Rideout Hospital launched a hospital-based surgicalist program, it is the latest addition to our robust inpatient specialty hospital programs, which already include hospitalists and intensivists. Surgicalists are general surgeons who are on site and available during daytime hours to respond to need. The surgicalists are also on-call during the night and weekend hours. The goal of adding this new program is to improve Rideout Health’s ability to care for Emergency Department patients in need of surgical care. Additionally, Rideout surgicalists will treat all unassigned emergency general surgery patients, plus manage unassigned referrals, consultations, surgeries and follow-up care.