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We found 3 hospitalists who accept Medicare near Valdese, NC.

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Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
319 Springwood Drive, NE
Valdese, NC

Dr. Jonathan Cowen is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cowen takes Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

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Jitendra Keshavlal (Kanubhai) Patel MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
319 Springwood Drive, NE
Valdese, NC

Dr. Jitendra Patel specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Patel honors Medicare insurance. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and Wilkes Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
350 E Parker Road; Suite 102
Morganton, NC
(828) 580-2700

Dr. Rachel Kelly sees patients in Morganton, NC. Her medical specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. Kelly is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at OhioHealth - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.

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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.