Hospitalist brings a new perspective

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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In the past, a family physician would see his or her patients in the clinic as well as at the hospital. Today, hospitalists are doctors that specialize in and only treat patients in the hospital setting, separating a patient’s hospital care from that of a primary doctor. Dr. Bruce Waldon, medical director of hospital medicine for Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, explained the purpose and advantages of a hospitalist during a talk Oct. 24 at Metfi eld. In the 1970s, physicians averaged 10 patients in the hospital who had stays from eight to 10 days. Today, due to medical developments and better life practices, people are living longer. Therefore, when they are admitted to the hospital at an older age, their treatment becomes more complicated, Waldon said.

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