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Patient Placement Center

Patient Placement Center/Physician-to-Physician Referral Line

928 773-2458 or 1 800 853-2313
Fax: 928 773-2459

The goal of the Patient Placement Center is to streamline admissions to Flagstaff Medical Center and facilitate communications between physicians to better meet the needs of referring physicians and patients.

  • We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • We are staffed by registered nurses
  • We handle all admissions and transfers to FMC
  • We offer order writing for easier processing
  • We prefer to speak with the physician ordering tests

Provide the following information ready when you call:

  • Patient’s name, age and date of birth
  • Diagnosis
  • Admission location
  • Referring physician's name and contact phone number
  • Fax a face sheet for the patient

Inpatient and observation admissions

  • Initial patient information and appropriate bed assignment
  • Transcribe orders for admission
  • Assistance in arranging for testing prior to bed placement
  • Hospitalists Services will be contacted through One-Call Admissions

Referrals from outlying facilities

  • Facilitate physician-to-physician consultations with specialists for physicians from other institutions
  • Arrange for transfer of patient for admission or diagnostic procedures
  • Facilitate air and ground transport
  • Facilitate communication for outlying physician with other departments within FMC
  • Facilitate communication between outlying institutions and FMC nursing staff
  • Provide follow-up communication with outlying physicians about their patients

In-house transfers

  • Initial notification of transfer orders from unit to unit

Outpatient diagnostic procedures

  • Facilitate communication with Imaging, Endoscopy and other outpatient departments for outlying patients
  • Facilitate appropriate patient observation, medical and nursing, while patient is at FMC

Trauma Services

All trauma patients can be referred to FMC through the Patient Placement Center/Physician-to-Physician Referral Line, and are accepted by the emergency physician on duty, 24 hours a day. Trauma specialists will be consulted by the emergency physician according to patient need. There is no requirement to contact the specialty surgeon directly, unless the referring physician desires.