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Hospitalist Great Falls Clinic Hospital

What is a hospitalist?

The term hospitalist is used for doctors who are specialized in the care of patients in the hospital. This movement was initiated about a decade ago and has evolved due to many factors. These factors include:

  • convenience,
  • efficiency,
  • financial strains on primary care doctors,
  • patient safety,
  • cost-effectiveness for hospitals, and
  • need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients.

Most hospitalists are board-certified internists (internal medicine physicians) who have undergone the same training as other internal medicine doctors including medical school, residency training, and board certification examination. The only difference is that hospitalists have chosen not to practice traditional internal medicine due to personal preferences. Some hospitalist physicians are family practice doctors or medical subspecialists who have opted to do hospitalist work such as, intensive care doctors, lung doctors (pulmonologists), or kidney doctors (nephrologists).

There are many advantages of hospitalists in the care hospitalized patients. One advantage is that hospitalists’ have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis. They are also more available most of the day in the hospital to meet with family members, able to follow-up on tests, answer nurses’ questions, and simply to deal with problems that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists’ may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan, and to explain test findings to patients and family members.

For more information regarding this topic please visit www.medicinenet.com.

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Great Falls Clinic Hospital
3010 15th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406.216.8000

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