The Hospitalist Team at McLeod Medical Center Dillon is made up of Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.
A Hospitalist is a medical doctor whose primary professional focus is the medical care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are based in the hospital and specialize in all aspects of a patient's care from admission to discharge. Often if a patient is under the care of a Hospitalist, they may not have a primary care physician or their primary care physician does not care for patients in a hospital setting.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has completed specific advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of medical conditions. Nurse Practitioners diagnose, treat, evaluate and manage short-term and long-term illnesses and diseases.
Because the Hospitalists Team does not maintain a private outside practice, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients. If a patient has a primary care physician, the Hospitalists Team will communicate directly with this physician providing routine updates and further recommendations for the patient's continued recovery.