Mandy Thompson, MD, a hospitalist at Medical Center of McKinney has been selected for the Fellow designation by the Society of Hospital
Medicine. Physicians selected for the Fellow designation have chosen hospital medicine as a career and have the credentials to represent this emerging specialty.
Society of Hospital Medicine is the premier medical society representing hospitalists.
Hospital medicine is the fastest-growing specialty in modern healthcare, with over 31,000 hospitalists currently practicing and an upward growth trajectory in full force.
Hospitalists began to appear in hospitals across the nation about ten years ago. Since that time, the field has grown from a few hundred physicians, to more than 20,000, making it the fastest growing physician specialty in medical history. Medical Center of McKinney has seven hospitalists on staff.
A hospitalist assumes the care of hospitalized patients in the place of the patients’ primary care physician (PCP). This makes it much easier for the PCP to keep up-to-date on their patients’ condition while remaining focused on the care of their office patients.
There are many advantages of the hospitalist model of care:
–Working with other medical experts – including a patient’s primary care doctor – a hospitalist makes sure a patient gets the right treatment at the right time. He or she can see a patient quickly and as often as needed. That can be crucial for someone coping with a complex or quickly changing medical condition.
–A hospitalist can meet with patients and their families to provide medical counseling and education.
–Because they work in the hospital full time, hospitalists are familiar with the hospital staff and are well versed in hospital procedures. This experience can help hospitalists coordinate hospital systems, improve quality and control costs for patients.
–Some hospitalists help develop medical guidelines for hospitals and help improve patient safety and satisfaction.
–Hospitalists can help shorten a patients’ hospital stay and reduce the need for readmission.
–Having a hospitalist available increases primary care physician’s accessibility to office patients.