We found 3 hospitalists who accept TRICARE near Bellingham, WA.

Dr. Ellen Louise Young-Zinecker, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
4545 Cordata Parkway; Suite 2b
Bellingham, WA
 

Dr. Ellen Young specializes in adult hospital medicine. She is professionally affiliated with PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Young is an in-network provider for Regence, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed her residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Jian Yi Sun, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
2901 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA
 

Dr. Jian Sun specializes in adult hospital medicine and practices in Bellingham, WA. Dr. Sun (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is professionally affiliated with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Sound Physicians. Her training includes a residency program at Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Sun is in-network for Regence, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Anne P Welsh, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
4545 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham, WA
 

Dr. Anne Welsh specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and practices in Bellingham, WA, Seattle, WA, and Mount Vernon, WA. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Welsh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. She is in-network for Regence, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Seattle Children's, PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom, and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

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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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