Ask our CEO: Katherine A. Medeiros, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital |

Ask our CEO: Katherine A. Medeiros, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

When it comes to the complexities of hospitals and health care, I know there are a lot of people who have questions. That is why on the first Tuesday of every month in this Healthy Tuesday page I will personally respond to questions from the community.

I want to know what’s on your mind.

Some of the questions I have recently heard include: What is a “hospitalist?” How does the care at SNMH compare to the “big city” medical center care? What’s the latest on how private my patient records are? How do I know how much a visit to the hospital will cost if I have a need to go?

I will address some of the most repeated questions in this column and you may send your questions to me: Katherine Medeiros, P.O. Box 1029, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or submit them at and click on “submit a question to Kathy Medeiros, CEO.”

Question: “My mother was admitted to the hospital and was cared for by a ‘hospitalist’ instead of her regular doctor. What is a hospitalist?”

Answer: Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Most hospitalists are trained in internal medicine, though more specialties such as orthopedics also have used this method of practice.

Hospitalists typically do not have outpatient practices. They spend most of their time in the hospital, and are available to attend to medical issues that arise throughout the day. They are also available to come back to the bedside to explain test results and answer questions. They work with the SNMH staff and your doctor to provide great care.

Similar to emergency or intensive care medicine, hospital medicine is a specialty that responds to the immediate need of hospitalized patients.

At SNMH the Gold Country Medical Group of six hospitalists provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. They are very familiar with the hospital system, and they admit and follow most of the inpatients at SNMH.

Their hospital training and experience enables them to provide efficient, high quality care for their patients. In addition, they have a high degree of experience with the various illnesses that lead to hospitalization.

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