Internal Medicine at UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Outpatient Care - Internal Medicine
Our internal medicine providers (internists) serve patients of all ages - from adolescents to mature adults - with intensive medical services and chronic disease management support. You can think of your internal medicine doctor as your specialized care provider. Similarly to a family doctor, an internal medicine provider takes time to know you, your medical history and your individualized health needs.
Your internist is trained to diagnose and treat complex illnesses and chronic diseases. If you have one or more chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, it may be wise to choose an internal medicine doctor for your care. Talk to your primary care provider to see if being referred to an internist is the right decision for your care.
Internists are skilled specialists who have undertaken extensive training to provide the best care for complex health needs.
Inpatient Care - Hospitalists
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for patients in the hospital. Our hospitalists are internal medicine physicians. They see hospitalized patients who have been referred by primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital.
At GRMC, a hospitalist will work in partnership with your primary care provider to direct your medical care while you're admitted to the hospital. They do not replace your primary care provider. Because they're devoted to inpatient care, their full attention is on you, even if your family doctor might need to leave and see clinic patients.
Our hospitalists are dedicated to patient care within the medical center and have in-depth knowledge of our hospital departments, available technology, specialists and resources to incorporate into a patient's care plan. By providing efficient and immediate care, patients can often see a reduced length of stay in our hospital. Hospitalists will work with your primary care provider to create a coordinated care plan and make adjustments whenever necessary to help facilitate a full and speedy recovery.
Under the hospitalist program:
- Your doctor is kept informed of your admission, discharge and any change in your condition.
- Your doctor remains available for consultation.
- Your hospitalist will coordinate hospital care, including ordering diagnostic tests and establishing a treatment plan.
- Your hospitalist will arrange for any needed specialty care.
- Your hospitalist will respond - day or night - to your needs, resulting in fewer delays in care.
- After discharge from the hospital, you will be seen by your regular doctor.