GBMC's hospitalist program was established in 1997, and provided, as it does today, for around-the-clock coverage. One of the largest in the region, GBMC's program employs 15 full-time internal medicine board-certified or board-eligible physicians and one part-time.
"We provide a service managing hospitalized patients not only so that they receive optimal inpatient care but also so the primary care physicians can focus on their outpatient practice," explains Fred Chan, MD, Director of the GBMC Hospitalist Group. Many internists welcome this model and find it very practical, given the time constraints in today's world of medicine. "Because the hospitalists are readily available in the hospital, acute medical conditions are dealt with in an efficient, programmatic manner," says internist Mark Lamos, MD. "The hospitalists can concentrate care on a smaller number of patients because they are not torn between the hospital and the office as are primary care physicians."