ARDMORE, Okla. – Mercy increases hospital medicine program more than two-fold with the addition of Dr. Steffan Libarnes, Dr. Haroon Khan and Dr. David Allen - all board certified internal medicine physicians.
“Being able to recruit highly skilled hospital medicine physicians of this caliber is a major achievement for our southern Oklahoma community,” Randy Jobe, Mercy Hospital Ardmore interim president. “The nationwide physician shortage affects all specialties and the specialty of ‘hospital medicine’ is certainly no exception.”
With the addition of these physicians, bringing the total of hospitalists from two to five, Mercy’s hospital medicine department will now have two teams that will be able to provide 24 hour a day in-house coverage.
“It is important for our community to know that our hospital medicine team is comprised entirely of board certified internal medicine providers – meaning that each member trained an additional three years post medical school in specialty critical care areas, i.e. cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, etc.,” said Dr. Kevin Reed, Mercy Hospital Ardmore director of hospital medicine. “Our department is devoted entirely to the care of in-house (admitted) patients. We also provide the majority of care to patients in our ICU.”
Hospitalists provide specialized care to hospital patients and often serve as the primary doctor during hospital stays. The care of the patient is most often coordinated between the hospitalist and the patient’s primary care physician. This relatively new specialty allows the hospital medicine physician to use his/her intimate knowledge of the hospital staff, services and procedures to provide care, handle emergencies and address questions and concerns as they arise.
Dr. Khan, who joins Mercy from St. Francis Medical Center/Seton Hall University in Trenton, N.J., earned his doctorate of medicine from St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.
While at St. Frances, Dr. Khan served as the chief resident. “Practicing hospital medicine allows me to make a difference in so many peoples’ lives,” said Khan, who is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and English with a basic knowledge of spoken Spanish. “I truly enjoy being able to help my patients and their families get through illness and take the next steps.”
Dr. Libarnes earned his doctorate of medicine from Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines. He completed his internal medicine residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., where he was a chief resident.
Dr. Libarnes also served as chief resident at Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital. He is fluent in Tagalog, Bisaya and English. “Since childhood I have been impressed with medical professionals,” said Dr. Libarnes. “The best part of practicing medicine is that I am able to connect with my patients and help them get well or deal with what they are facing.”
Dr. Allen, who earned his doctorate of medicine from University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, completed his residency in internal medicine at University of Utah affiliated hospitals.
Beginning his medical career in the nursing field, Dr. Allen has served as a shock trauma and ICU nurse, as well as combat medic for the United States Army Reserve 934th Forward Surgical Team.