Inpatient Medical Services (IMS) Who We Are

IMS: Physician Partners in Collaborative Care

IMS: Physician Partners in Collaborative Care

Inpatient Medical Services (IMS) is a premier provider of 24/7 hospitalist and post-acute care physician services including transitional and complex care management. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Inpatient Medical Services built its reputation for excellence through long-term continuing partnerships with some of the top healthcare systems in Northeast Ohio and is expanding throughout the Midwest.

Where We Started

Primary care physicians have always faced a challenge: providing superior care for both office patients and patients hospitalized with complex illnesses. In 1997, six physicians answered the challenge with the first dedicated hospitalist medicine private practice in Northeast Ohio. Serving physicians referring to Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, Summa Internal Medicine Services (SIMS) became Inpatient Medical Services in 2000 to reflect our expanding regional networks of primary care physicians and hospitals. In October 2012 IMS joined the Sverica International Management LLC family of companies.

Today and Tomorrow

Inpatient Medical Services served over 300,000 patient encounters in 2015 and has built a premier reputation for medical excellence with the hospitals, acute care facilities and community physicians who rely on Inpatient Medical Services as their medical services partner. From our roots in hospitalist medicine, we’ve grown today to helping our partners manage the full continuum of patient care, wherever it is needed. The services offered by Inpatient Medical Services include:

  • Hospitalist and nocturnist programs
  • Acute and post-acute care
  • Transitional care
  • Orthopedic collaboration and surgical clearance
  • Emergent consultation
  • Co-medical management
  • Pre-admission testing

By establishing continuity of relationships, information flow and goals, we provide our partners and patients continuity and quality through every stage of care.

IMS Advantage

The IMS Advantage: Adding Value Across the Continuum of Patient Care

When it comes to exceptional patient care and operational excellence, we set our sights as high as you do. IMS brings you so much more than traditional hospitalist services. We bring you the resources, experience and skills necessary to add value, wherever needed across the entire continuum of patient care.


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24/7 presence of skilled, board certified eligible internists
Smooth transitions of care
Fewer complications
Improved clinical outcomes

Financial Impact

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Expert case management reduces expense per case
Timely and accurate coding improves reimbursement
Optimization of record-keeping, billing and analytics
Proven staffing model promotes cost containment

Performance Metrics

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Increased patient satisfaction
Decreased length of stay
Lower readmission rates
Improved HCAHPS scores


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Customized care management
Consistent, open communication
Shared knowledge base to improve patient protocols
Multidisciplinary rounds


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Real-time communication with PCPs
More efficient use of consulting and ancillary services
State-of-the-art data capture and reporting
Integration of staff into medical facility operations

Full Coverage

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Total 24-hour management
Proactive crisis management
Emergency coverage by specialists
Nurse/clinical call center

Our Culture and Values Revolve Around CARE

These three tenets fuel our resolve for creating exceptional experiences shaped by compassion and kindness, for everyone we touch.

  • FOR PATIENTS – In everything we do, we keep patient care front and center. We strive to deliver exceptional patient experiences and create a seamless continuity of care instilled with empathy and compassion to meet the patient’s and family’s emotional and physical healing needs.
  • FOR PARTNERS – Though innovative solutions and a truly collaborative philosophy, we create value by bringing strong processes and procedures for managing a smooth and uninterrupted continuum of care. Our technology, processes and talented professionals deliver on the metrics so important to the healthcare industry today.
  • FOR EMPLOYEES – We’ve found that careers and lives can only flourish in symbiosis. We’ve developed a framework in which you can move your career forward while providing superior, cohesive patient care, and maintain that essential work-life balance. Opportunities for leadership and becoming an integral part of a growing organization abound.

Collaboration and Continuity Are Key

We are able to provide exceptional patient care, value and strong outcomes because of our skills in building collaboration with all our stakeholders. Within IMS’s continuum of care, everyone benefits thanks to continuity throughout every stage of care, continuity of relationships, continuity of information flow and continuity of goals. That’s a true continuum of care.

The Role of the IMS Site Director and How We Partner with Healthcare Facilities

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If you are a hospitalist organization interested in joining a dynamic and growing company, consider IMS. We’re building on our success and expanding throughout the Midwest.