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Hospital Medicine

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Medicine Program is a group of physicians dedicated exclusively to the care of hospitalized patients. Around the country, physicians and hospitals have found they serve their patients more efficiently and effectively by using hospitalists.

A hospitalist is a physician who cares for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists may be internal medicine or family medicine physicians. Their primary focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to hospital care. Many patients are referred by their primary care physician for treatment during the duration of their hospitalization and are then returned to their primary care physician after discharge. Hospitalists also consult and treat patients referred by surgeons and medical subspecialists during their hospitalization.

Hospitalists care for the unassigned patient who has no primary doctor. They help manage patients through the continuum of hospital care, often seeing patients in the Emergency Services department, following them into the intensive care unit when necessary and organizing post-acute care.

In addition, hospitalists at Bozeman Deaconess are involved in efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in the hospital. Just as emergency medicine physicians care for patients during an Emergency Services department visit and return the patients to their primary care physicians upon discharge, hospitalists care for patients who are hospitalized and turn their care back over to their primary care physicians upon discharge.

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