The Adult Hospitalist Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics was established in 2000 with the hire of two physicians experienced in hospital medicine. Today, the Adult Hospitalist Program consists of 57 staff including over 40 physicians and 10 advance practice providers.
The hospitalists work on a variety of inpatient services that include:
- General Medicine Inpatient Medicine Service
- Resident Staffed Inpatient Medicine Service
- Attending-Directed Inpatient Medicine Service
- Surgical Co-Management
- Cardiology Attending-Directed Service
- Acute Cardiology Hospitalist Service
- Cardiomyopathy Hospitalist Service
- Hematology-Oncology Attending-Directed Service
- Anemia Management Clinic
- VA Inpatient Service
- Resident-Staffed VA Inpatient Medicine Service
- Attending-Directed VA Inpatient Service
- Inpatient Medicine-Psychiatry
These services are a mix of both resident and nonresident staff physicians. Non-resident staffed services are supported by an advanced practice provider. Excluding surgical co-management, the Adult Hospitalist Program contact with adult patients discharged from UIHC in FY15 represented 25% of all adult discharges hospital-wide.
The Department’s Primary Function
The UI Adult Hospitalist Service provides care for patients who require hospitalization for the detection and treatment of illnesses. Hospitalists deliver inpatient care in a variety of ways:
- Direct care detecting and treating illnesses causing patients hospitalization.
- Collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with all doctors and healthcare personnel caring for hospitalized patients.
- Consult with other doctors at their request on medical recommendations in managing acute and chronic medical problems in hospitalized patients.
- Co-manage and support care to patients requiring hospitalization as part of a surgery.