Powell Valley Healthcare has designated physicians providing care to hospitalized patients. These providers are called hospitalists. This program began July 1, 2015.
Frequently asked questions
What is a hospitalist and what does this mean for me as a hospital patient?
Hospitalist medicine is one of the newest and fastest growing areas in healthcare. Initially conceived in 1995, the term hospitalist is applied to a medical practitioner whose primary focus is caring for patients in the hospital setting.
Hospitalists spend their workday in the hospital and do not run a traditional clinical practice. This allows them to be more available to patients and families during hospitalization, and allows traditional primary care doctors to be more available to patients in the clinic.
Why is a hospitalist caring for me instead of my regular doctor?
By focusing on the skills needed for hospital care, our hospitalist physicians provide excellent, up-to-date medical treatment that primary care physicians and specialists want their patients to receive in the hospital. Being cared for by hospitalists also allows primary care physicians to focus their full attention on providing the very best care for their patients in the office setting. Your doctor has chosen to use the hospitalist services voluntarily.
What can I expect from the hospitalist?
You can expect the hospitalist to visit you at least once each day to manage your care and follow the clinical care and test results. When necessary, the hospitalist will come back to see you during the day to answer questions or discuss your care. If you or your family wants to speak with a hospitalist, a meeting is easy to arrange via nursing staff for the hospitalist is available around the clock.
What are the benefits of a hospitalist?
The hospitalist provides a great deal of personal attention to patients. Patients have the ability to see a physician more often and with more time flexibility.
Patients benefit from a reduced length of stay. Since hospitalists are present in the hospital all day, they can follow up on diagnostic tests quickly and arrive at a treatment plan more efficiently. In addition, your primary physician may check in on you in the hospital. The hospitalists will also work closely with your primary physician to collaborate and ensure that you receive great care.
How will the hospitalist know anything about me and who will take care of me after I am discharged?
With your permission, the hospitalist will contact your primary or referring doctor to notify him or her that you have been admitted and to get information about your health history.
The hospitalist will be in close contact with your primary and specialty care doctors to collaborate and ensure that you receive top quality care while you are being cared for in the hospital.
When you are discharged, the hospitalist will contact your primary doctor to share any post-hospitalization needs. Once out of the hospital, you will continue to be cared for by your primary physician.
If you did not have a primary doctor when you were admitted to the hospital, the hospitalist and nursing staff will work closely with you to assist you in selecting a primary care doctor to see for follow-up appointments.
Meet our hospitalist team
Dr. Bradley North has worked as an ER physician for over 15 years. He completed his residency in emergency medicine/internal medicine at South Pointe Hospital: Cleveland Clinic in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. He completed medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. North also has experience as a life flight physician and hospitalist physician.
Dr. Aida Polson has worked in the field of medicine for over 26 years and her practice has included medical work in Colombia, New York, California, Idaho and Wyoming. She is board certified in internal medicine as well as geriatric medicine. She completed medical school in Bogota, Colombia, her internal medicine residency at North General Hospital in New York, and a geriatric fellowship in New Hyde Park, New York
Dr. Adam Childers has worked in family medicine for over 11 years. He started his medical career as an EMT. Dr. Childers completed his residency at Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He completed medical school at Des Moines University College of Ostopathic Medicine in Iowa. Dr. Childers serves as a member of our EMS team and enjoys teaching first aid and emergency management to elementary school students.