We found 8 hospitalists who accept Blue Choice near Aurora, IL.

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Dr. Kimberly A Thompson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
1325 North Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Kimberly Thompson is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thompson is not currently accepting new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Patricia E Chiamas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Patricia Chiamas works as a pediatric hospitalist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chiamas is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Chiamas's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Chiamas (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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Dr. Thankappa Pillai Balaji, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Neonatology
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Thankappa Balaji is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and neonatology. He works in Chicago, IL, Oak Park, IL, and Aurora, IL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Balaji attended Madras Medical College for medical school. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Tamil. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Dr. Deanna Lee Miller, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Deanne Miller is a specialist in pediatric hospital medicine. Dr. Miller is especially interested in intensive care. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Centegra Health System. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Miller trained at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Dr. Miller takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care, Intensive Care

Dr. Christine M Parker, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Christine Parker is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Dr. Parker is especially interested in hospital care. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parker takes. She is not currently accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Dr. Parker attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Mehwish Sajid Sheikh, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Mehwish Sheikh practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Aurora, IL and Chicago, IL. In Dr. Sheikh's practice, she is particularly interested in hospital care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Viant. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Sheikh studied medicine at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Sheikh trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Children's Hospital. Dr. Sheikh (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Asta M Astrauskas, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Asta Astrauskas specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist). She attended medical school at Vilnius University. Her residency was performed at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Astrauskas's areas of expertise include hospital care. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Astrauskas (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Astrauskas is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Hari B Srinivasan, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Neonatology
1325 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Hari Srinivasan's medical specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist) and neonatology. In addition to English, Dr. Srinivasan (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hospital care. Dr. Srinivasan is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is a graduate of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). His medical residency was performed at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Srinivasan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

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What is Hospital Medicine?

The specialty of hospital medicine emerged in the 1990s in response to a changing healthcare environment. Hospitals and insurance companies were trying to lower costs, and at the same time physicians were beginning to push back against the extremely long work hours they traditionally kept. Instead of paying every physician to be on-call all hours of the day for their patients at hospitals around the community, a service that was rarely used anyway, hospitals began to hire their own physicians and specialists to work exclusively at each building. These healthcare professionals treat patients on-site, providing care exclusively within their own hospital. Today, healthcare providers can specialize in hospital medicine, a specialty that focuses on the safety of patients as well as efficient management of hospital resources.

Hospital medicine is the name of the specialty, and it encompasses all providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Doctors who specialize in hospital medicine are sometimes called hospitalists. Hospitalists usually specialize in a specific medical field, for example OB/GYN, neurology, psychology, or pediatrics. An OB/GYN hospitalist, for example, offers women’s health care at a hospital. A pediatric hospitalist treats children at a hospital.

Hospital medicine offers many advantages not only for hospitals, but for patients and general physicians as well. It means there will always be a trained physician, awake and ready, at the hospital when needed. It increases teamwork and communication between the staff at a hospital if they work together daily and know each other well. It relieves pressure on other physicians who may have a demanding caseload in their office during the day or who work in rural areas far from the nearest hospital. As the use of complex medical technology increases, hospitalists become familiar with the systems in each building and can use it more effectively, increasing hospital safety and productivity.
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