Legacy honors our team on the first annual National Hospitalist Day
The first National Hospitalist Day is this Thursday, March 7. It's been 23 years since Robert Wachter, M.D., published his seminal publication entitled, "The emerging role of 'hospitalists' in the American health care system". Since then, the specialty has grown to over 52,000 physicians, advanced practice clinicians and nurses in the United States, and untold thousands more in countries around the world. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in modern medicine and now recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Legacy first employed hospitalists in the late 1990s, with a small group of physicians managing our "unassigned" patient population and resident inpatient teaching at Legacy Emanuel and Good Samaritan. At Randall Children's Hospital, pediatric hospitalists cover the delivery room and nursery, and pediatric medicine patients. Today, Legacy's hospitalist ranks have grown to include about 160 adult and pediatric providers responsible for 185,000 patient visits annually at every Legacy hospital.
In addition to their excellent and compassionate care, Legacy hospitalists also contribute to Legacy's leadership, educational activities, quality improvement and research endeavors. They've become an integral part of the Legacy system.
"Hospitalists have become the standard of care for Legacy's hospitalized patients. We are proud to have been at the forefront of recognizing the benefits hospitalists bring to the care of our patients. We are also very lucky to have such a tremendous hospitalist program," says Lewis Low, M.D., Legacy's chief medical officer.
Occurring the first Thursday in March annually, National Hospitalist Day will serve to celebrate hospitalists' enduring contributions to the evolving health care landscape. This was recently approved by the National Day Calendar and was one of approximately 30 national days to be approved for the year out of an applicant pool of more than 18,000.
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