Hospitalists Join Advanced Care Hospital of Montana

Hospitalists Join Advanced Care Hospital of Montana

JC Hospitalists, PLLC, recently joined Advanced Care Hospital of Montana to provide additional internal medicine services at the hospital. Advanced Care Hospital of Montana is a 40-bed freestanding facility providing long-term acute care and critical care services for patients recovering from serious illnesses or injuries. It is the only long-term acute care hospital serving Montana and surrounding states. JC Hospitalists is a physician group that provides services to critical-access and long-term acute care hospitals in Idaho and Montana.

Healthcare professionals from JC Hospitalists who will have a routine schedule at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana include internal medicine physicians Drs. Ann Agnew, Dr. Julie Lyon, Dr. Carolyn Matzinger, and nurse practitioner, Heidi Gonzales.

“We’re excited to welcome JC Hospitalists to our healthcare team,” says Dr. Daniel Talley, Medical Director of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana. “By developing relationships and collaborating with physician groups like JC Hospitalists, we can provide the best care possible to our patients, helping them recover as fully as possible.”

Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for patients in a hospital environment. Because hospitalists practice medicine only within the hospital, they can provide patients with physician-based medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Often it’s difficult for a patient’s primary care physician to see patients in the office and in the hospital at the same time,” Talley says. “A hospitalist acts as a patient’s primary care doctor while he or she is in the hospital, becoming the center-point for communication between the patient, family members, and the hospital’s healthcare team. The hospitalist can spend time with a patient and remain readily available for tests, results, and consultations. This can help eliminate wait time and possibly even help the patient return home sooner.”

When a patient is discharged home, the hospitalist and members of the patient’s healthcare team communicate with the patient’s primary care physician to ensure necessary follow-up care.