North Alabama Medical Center has one of the strongest hospitalists program in the state of Alabama. Hospitalists specialize in the care and treatment of patients in need of hospitalization. The concept of Hospitalist Medicine originated in Europe and became popular in North American in the early 1990s. Studies have shown that a Hospitalist Medicine program can be valuable in enhancing the quality of care, while curbing costs. Besides internal medicine and family practice, other specialists include critical care, neurologists and pulmonologists.
Some community physicians refer their patients to a Hospitalist when hospitalization is required. During the in-patient stay, the Hospitalist remains in contact with the Primary Care Physician (PCP) as needed. The PCP is kept informed about any and all major changes in the patient’s condition. After discharge, the patient is returned to the PCP with information and instructions for follow-up care.
Because Hospitalists are in the hospital all day, it is usually very easy for you and your family to receive communication about your progress. Hospitalists allow your primary care physician to spend more time in his/her office, grants better access to care and keeps you and your family healthy.
The hospitalists are committed to: