Regardless of specialty, every MLKCH doctor practices
hospital-based medicine. Hospital-based medicine means that physicians know how to care
for patients while they are hospitalized, and can collaborate with patients’
primary care physicians during and after their hospital stay. To that
end, we have two types of hospital-based medicine specialists who oversee
round-the-clock care for 80% of our patients:
Hospitalists are physicians—often specialists in internal medicine
or family medicine —who care for hospitalized patients, and work
closely with the patient’s primary care doctor.
Intensivists, also known as critical care medicine specialists, treat patients
with critical illness who require intensive care. For labor and delivery
patients, obstetricians and midwives - all trained to handle premature
births - are available around the clock.