Oaklawn welcomes new Inpatient Specialist Team
If you’ve spent a few days in the hospital lately, chances are you’ve been seen by a hospitalist. For those who have not yet met a hospitalist, you may be reading the word for the first time.A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. At Oaklawn they’re called Inpatient Specialists. Instead of seeing patients in an office, hospitalists spend their workday (or night) seeing patients in their hospital rooms.
Hospitalists began appearing in larger hospitals in the 90s, and in recent years have become more prevalent in community hospitals. Some hospitals contract with hospitalist groups much like they do for their Emergency Department doctors, while others employ their own doctors. Oaklawn started their hospitalist program in July 2010 by contracting with a hospitalist group, but wanted to eventually staff it with Oaklawn personnel. By September of 2011, Oaklawn had hired three physicians, two nurse practitioners (NPs), and one medical assistant (MA) to solidify their hospitalist program.
“We have been working diligently to find the right people to staff our own Hospitalist Department,” said Mark Montross,Executive Director of Oaklawn Medical Group, “but finding and successfully recruiting top notch physicians often takes time. We are delighted with the staff that we’ve been able to assemble, and we also think having the physicians all come on board at the same time has greatly enhanced the chemistry of the team.”