Hospitalist Service

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Hospitalist Service

Hospitalist Service

Throughout the country, inpatient medicine has been shifted over the past few years toward hospitalist programs. In part, this shift has been driven by the complexities of medical practice on the inpatient and outpatient sides of healthcare, where each area has evolved into a specialty.  Moreover, a significant number of existing medical staff are choosing the option of practicing in only one of these areas and not both. The advantages of a hospitalist program are clearly documented, both for patients and providers alike.

The demonstrable benefits to patients for maintaining a hospitalist program include:

  • Improved overall care
  • Patient access to a physician 24 hours a day
  • Rapid coordination of inpatient care and reaction to changes in a patient’s medical status
  • More timely, on-site evaluation of tests and rapid adjustments to treatment
  • Better lines of communication for patients and family members
  • Better lines of communication between the hospital and the primary care physician

What is a hospitalist?  A hospitalist is a Physician or Medical Specialist who provides quality medical treatment to individuals while they are in the hospital. Because hospitalists do not maintain a private outside practice, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients.  Hospitalists are located in the hospital and specialize in all aspects of a patient’s care, from admission until discharge. To do this, hospitalists manage and coordinate the entire inpatient care of a patient, working closely with the care team and the patient’s primary care physician and/or specialists involved.

Having a physician in-house can offer prompt, personal, and specialized service by being readily available. The physician can evaluate and treat patients in person which lends to a personal approach, day or night. The Hospitalist is readily available to inpatients 24 hours a day.

Our hospitalist team

Danae Kershner, DO

James V. Harris, MD

Patrick Mitchell, MD

Vito Longobardi, MD

Laura Silver, DO

For more information on any of the services provided at NMMC, contact us at 207-834-3155.

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