Mountain View Hospital (El Camino Hospital) helped pioneer the "host" approach to managing patient care. In October 1997, it became the first community hospital in the Bay Area to assign patients a dedicated hospital-based doctor, who became our first hospitalist. Hospitals around the country followed suit, and we watched proudly as hospital-based medicine became a medical subspecialty in 2007.
All El Camino Health's inpatient services are coordinated through the hospitalist — from specialist referrals to spiritual care and services to help you coordinate care once you leave the hospital. We do this by bringing together a team of disease specialists, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, nurse managers, care coordinators and social workers.
Each member of the team is responsible for providing care in their area of expertise and working in concert with other team members. Communication is a key element of good patient care — care that supports sustainable, healthy results.
General Medicine Care Team
Our expertise in general medicine extends across multiple specialties and covers everything from prevention to the most advanced therapies. Some of our general medical health experts include:
- Hospitalists – Doctors who specialize in care for patients during their stay in the hospital.
- Internists – Doctors trained to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases that affect adults.
- Osteopathic doctors – Doctors trained in a whole-patient approach to curing illness.
- Physician assistants – Professionals who perform routine medical work under a doctor’s supervision.
- Nurse practitioners – Registered nurses with advanced education and clinical experience in infectious disease and geriatric care.
At El Camino Health, our general medicine hospitalists coordinate care with specialty and surgical services in various areas, including:
- Digestive health
- Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
- Endocrinology (diseases of the glands, such as diabetes or pituitary disorders)
- Geriatrics (care of older adults)
- Heart and vascular
- Nephrology (diseases of the kidneys)
- Palliative care
Your Opinion Matters
Because your comfort and well-being are important to us, we encourage you to take an active part in your care and welcome your feedback. Nurse managers are available to speak with you, and you may also call or write the patient experience team at 650-962-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.