The hospitalist model of inpatient care may be considered cost-effective, high-quality care by some, but this result may come at the cost of patients’ own expressed values. At the end of the day, the reality is that it’s a system of strangers taking care of strangers.
Lovelace Family Medicine firmly believes that good medicine still requires a relationship between patient and physician, not just technical skills and medical knowledge, but human relationships that take time and effort to build. Trust and continuity of care are the backbone of Family Medicine. We can’t imagine diminishing that trust by handing off care to a provider that is not as invested in the holistic health of our patients as we are.
Throughout the ever-changing landscape of healthcare, we have always been (and will also be) committed to being your doctors for life. Yes, even in the hospital.
*For an additional perspective, click on the link for the recently released article, “Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care” in the New England Journal of Medicine.