Hospital medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians (“Hospitalists”) and non-physician providers such as Certified Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who engage in clinical care, teaching, research or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine.
Nocturnists are Hospitalists who work only at night. The main role of a Nocturnist is to admit patients at night and to respond to existing patients concerns throughout the night. Our Nocturnists generally work from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
In addition to their core internal medicine expertise, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and health care systems by:
- Prompt and complete attention to patient care needs including diagnosis, treatment and the performance of medical procedures (within their scope of practice).
- Quality and process improvement techniques.
- Collaboration, communication and coordination with other physicians and health care personnel caring for hospitalized patients.
- Safe transition of patient care within the hospital, and from the hospital to the community, which may include oversight of care in post-acute care facilities.
- Efficient use of hospital and health care resources
Hospitalist Chronic Service
Patients who have extended inpatient stays will receive a care team that includes two physicians, one nurse practitioner, a social worker and a pharmacist. This strategy helps ensure these patients receive appropriate placement in long-term care environments or other specialized arrangements after discharge.
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What People Are Saying
I absolutely love the ability to schedule appointments or contact my doctor on the MyChart app. Dr. Ptacek is always a wonderful care giver and Laura at the front desk always makes the clinic feel like you’ve walked into a friends house.
Dr. Weaver is such an excellent care provider because she listens, understands and is very forthright with her evaluations. She explains concerns and treatments thoroughly. She is a great lady and outstanding physician.
There are not enough words to describe how compassionate and caring the nurses are at the Hill City Clinic. Nurse Lois Gilbert is always friendly, always has a smile on her face and her demeanor and tone towards the patient is outstanding!
I’ve been seeing Dr. Legner for years. I won’t go to another doctor unless I have to. She’s always so professional and takes time with you in the exam room to make sure you understand what the problem is and the plan to fix it!
Dr. Willoughby, what a pleasure it was to see him! He is truly concerned about me and my health. He obviously studied my records. We had a discussion about my health, enabling us to work together. What a welcome relief to find this caring man!
Dr. Nylander was very kind and approachable. She listened to my concerns/reason for the visit and responded with compassionate care (she looked at me and smiled…isn’t that great?? Human connection!) She knew what to do and I felt like I was in good hands.