Hayssam Hajar, MD
“Dr. Hajar has created the kind of collaborative, collegial environment where innovative ideas flourish. He’s improved patients’ lives.” — Chris Palkowski, MD, Physician-in-Chief
Hayssam Hajar, MD has helped build one of the top Hospital Based Specialists Departments in the region — dedicated equally to caring for patients in the hospital as to keeping them out of it.
“Our goal is to always meet our patients’ needs. We want their Kaiser Permanente Story to be a great story,” said Dr. Hajar.
Realizing that some patients may actually do better with shortened hospital stays, or none at all, Dr. Hajar implemented the innovative “See You at Home” program, where hospitalists literally make “house calls.” The program has been tremendously successful in helping patients avoid or reduce hospitalization. It’s one of many enhancements to patient care achieved during Dr. Hajar’s tenure as HBS Chief.
He helped open the Clinical Decision Area and stationed a hospitalist in the Emergency Department to expedite workups, resulting in fewer admissions and less patient time spent in the ED. Post-operative care is enhanced thanks to the co-management of surgical patients by the hospitalists and the innovative Early Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program, which has improved surgical outcomes across a number of key indicators.
“Dr. Hajar is a remarkable physician and inspirational leader,” says Chris Palkowski, MD, Physician-in-Chief, North Valley. “He’s been instrumental in creating a collaborative, collegial environment where innovative ideas flourish. He’s improved patients’ lives.”