Legacy's hospitalist program

Legacy Inpatient Medicine

2282 NW Northrup St
Portland OR, 97210
Phone: 503-413-8400
Fax: 503-413-6951

A growing specialty

Hospital medicine is a growing specialty that continues to expand as hospitals and primary care physicians get busier and are challenged to take care of hospitalized patients in a timely manner.

Legacy Inpatient Medicine covers all five Legacy hospitals with more than 70 full-time internal medicine specialists as well as the following specialists:

  • Adult hospitalists - medical specialists who provide medical treatment to patients when they are in the hospital
  • Electrophysiologists - physicians who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias
  • Geriatric hospitalists - physicians with fellowship training and certification in geriatrics and serve the many needs of our elderly patients
  • Intensivists - physicians with added fellowship training and board certification in critical care and work in intensive care units to coordinate care for critically ill patients)
  • Pediatric hospitalists - medical specialists who provide medical treatment to children when they are in the hospital
  • Palliative care specialists - clinicians with training and certification in palliative care and deal specifically with end-of-life issues for patients
  • Pulmonologists - physicians who deal with diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract

Hospitalists: coordinated care for hospitalized patients

The adult hospitalist service at Legacy Health originated in the mid-1990s and in recent years has expanded to offer more comprehensive coverage for patients hospitalized at Legacy's hospitals and to better partner with more than 300 physicians in the community who have chosen to use the program.

The primary professional focus and interest of the adult hospitalist is in the care of hospitalized patients. Patients may or may not already have a designated primary care physician that they see on a regular basis outside the hospital setting. The hospitalist helps coordinate care with the other physicians who may not have time to visit the patient in the hospital, or may not have the expertise to deal with the sometimes-complex issues seen in a hospitalized patient. A hospitalist, therefore, provides timely expertise in the care of patients and improves the quality and efficiency of care.

Having hospitalists offers several benefits for all involved.

  • Patients receive more timely care since the doctors are in-house all the time to care for them and to coordinate their transfer of care upon discharge. 
  • For private physicians who may see the patient in their office setting, they have a partner who can be their eyes and ears in the hospital when they cannot be there.
  • For the hospital, it helps streamline the flow of patients and keeps care cost-effective and timely for all. 
  • The hospitalists also play a key role in educating medical residents, giving them the guided, hands-on training that is essential to their overall education.

Legacy Inpatient Medicine Service Management

  • Lewis Low, M.D., FCCM, FACP, board-certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine, is Legacy's chief medical officer.
  • Lisa Alberts, M.D., board-certified in internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
  • Paul Cummings, M.D., FACP, board-certified in internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
  • Gordon Johnson, M.D., FACP, board-certified in internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.
  • M. Ross Tangum, M.D., board-certified in internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
  • Dave Wakeling, D.O., F.A.C.P., board-certified in internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.
  • Cathy Markin, M.D., board-certified in pulmonary, critical care, and internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Pulmonary Medicine Service.
  • Jocelyn White, M.D., board-certified in palliative care and internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Palliative Care Service.
  • Patricia Newton, M.D., board-certified in geriatrics and internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Geriatrics Medicine & Ethics.
  • Jack McAnulty, M.D., board-certified in cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, and internal medicine, is medical director of LIMS-Cardiology Service.

OB Hospitalist Program

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
300 N Graham, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-413-4278
Fax: 503-413-4396

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
2101 NE 139th St, Suite 260
Vancouver, WA  98686
Phone: 360-487-4000
Fax: 360-487-4009

Sally E. Doyle, M.D., FACOG, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, is the medical director for the obstetrical hospitalist programs at Salmon Creek and Emanuel.

Pediatric Hospitalist Program

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
2801 N. Gantenbein
Portland, Oregon, 97227
Phone: 503-413-2200
Fax: 503-413-2566