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Where They Work Doctor A Unique Kind of Hospitalists are available at: NMMC-Tupelo James brown, M.D. Holly Furdge, M.D. Jim lewis, M.D. Mark Matthews, M.D. Mike orender, M.D. shailesh patel, M.D. brady russell, M.D. richard seigler, M.D. NMMC-Hamilton Jarred sartain, M.D. NMMC-Pontotoc renee Wilson, M.D. Richard Seigler, M.D. A Hospitalists at NMMC are helping patients recover more quickly and go home sooner group of physicians at North Mississippi Medical Center is helping provide patients with a shorter hospital stay and lower healthcare costs. Known as hospitalists, these physicians specialize in caring for patients who are hospitalized. Hospitalists: • Assess and treat medical conditions • Coordinate hospital care, including all diagnostic tests • Arrange specialty care, therapy or consultations with other specialists • Help transition medical care back to the primary care provider Hospitalists limit their practice to the hospital setting. They work closely with the patient’s primary care physician to keep him or her up to date on the patient’s condition and treatment. When patients are ready to leave the hospital, hospitalists inform their primary physicians about any changes in medication, follow-up care and other needs. Hospitalists fill an important role for physicians in outlying communities who refer patients to NMMC. They follow up with referring physicians, are available for phone consultations and help coordinate patients’ care while they are hospitalized. we’re going to keep them here,” Wilson says. “We have the opportunity to provide continuity of care. We can give the patient uninterrupted care.” Another advantage is that hospitalists make it possible for IMA-Tupelo physicians to see their office visit patients without interruptions or long waits, while ensuring their hospital patients are seen by a hospitalist. This is beneficial for all involved because physicians spend less time going back and forth from the office to the hospital. Patients aren’t kept waiting in the clinic or hospital setting. online aDvantages oF Working WitH a Hospitalist The hospitalist program at NMMC was introduced in 1998 and has grown through the years to include eight physicians. Hospitalist programs are also beginning to take off in NMMC’s community hospitals in Pontotoc and in Hamilton, Ala. Renee Wilson, M.D., is the hospitalist in Pontotoc, and Jarred Sartain, M.D., serves as hospitalist in Hamilton. “Any patient coming in from the ER or clinic who doesn’t need specialized care, who primarily needs internal medical care, Hospitalists specialize in making hospital stays easier for patients. Think a hospitalist might be able to help you? Learn more about the hospitalist programs at NMMC at How Can a Hospitalist Help You? Vim & Vigor • SUM M er 2012 53

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Big Gifts Come in Small Packages
A Voice of Experience
The Breakfast Club
Arthritis Answers
A TV Guide to Radiology
Take Aim
It Might NOT Be Cancer
Colin Firth
Step Up to the Plate
Life After Cancer
Get Dad to the Doc
Virtual Health
Point, Click, Discover
Ready to Serve
A Unique Kind of Doctor
Barbershop Talk
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - North Mississippi