Physicians in the Section of Hospital Medicine provide clinical services at four adult hospitals on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus. The diversity of clinical work allows faculty members in the Section a great deal of flexibility with regard to scheduling, pursuit of their clinical interests, and development of expertise in a number of areas relevant to inpatient and consultative medicine.
Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (VUAH)
- Interdisciplinary Care (VICP)
Physician Lead: Francis Balucan, MD, MBA, FACP
APP Lead, Taina Ovchinnikov, FNP
The Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Care Program (VICP) is a team of physicians, advanced practice providers, case managers, social workers, pharmacists, and nurses whose goal is to provide care for patients that have an established pattern of increasing healthcare utilization. The goal is to provide and coordinate care within both the inpatient and outpatient settings with a desire to improve health outcomes for this population. By routinely assessing environmental, behavioral, emotional, physical, functional and medical needs using standardized tools, the healthcare team will uncover potential barriers to achieving optimal healthcare outcomes. More detailed information here: https://medicine.vumc.org/vanderbilt-interdisciplinary-care-program-vicp
- Acute Care of the Elderly
Physician Lead: Kate Wooldridge, MD, MPH, SFHM
The Hospital Medicine Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) team is an interdisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice providers, case managers, social workers, pharmacists, and nurses whose goal is to provide exceptional clinical care to adults over age 75. We align our practice with the social movement model for age-friendly health systems set out by the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) known as the 4Ms. This movement emphasizes an essential set of evidence-based practices focusing on the following tenets: What Matters Most, Medications, Mentation, and Mobility. Using this guide in collaboration with our colleagues from the Division of Geriatrics and the nurses of the ACE unit (7th floor Round Wing nursing unit), we strive to optimize the health and care of our hospitalized older adults.
- Bedside Procedure Service
Physician Lead: L. Tyson Heller, MD
The Bedside Procedure Service was founded in 2016 to help meet the bedside procedural needs of Vanderbilt University Hospital patients. The service has grown from a group of 6 hospitalists completing ~150 procedures in its first pilot year to a team of 16 highly trained faculty performing over 2,300 procedures yearly. The service currently offers paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, central line placement, ultrasound-guided IV placement, NG tube placement, as well as the removal of various medical support devices upon request. The service can be consulted by any team hospital-wide, and we are ready to respond with a portable ultrasound machine and supply cart to perform the requested procedure at the bedside. We are proud to have internal medicine residents who rotate on the team with us, and we look forward to expanding our program to include not just procedures, but also a myriad of diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound skills in the near future.
Vanderbilt Stallworth Complex Medical and Co-Management Program
- Stallworth Hospitalist Services
Physician Lead: Angela Horton, MD, MPH
Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital is an 80-bed acute rehabilitation hospital where Vanderbilt hospitalists staff 2 key services: Complex Medical Program and Co-Management Program.
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville VA
- VA Hospitalist Services
Physician Lead: Derek Pae, MD (Service Chief, VA Hospital Medicine)
We currently have 15 Vanderbilt Hospital Medicine faculty who are credentialed at the VA Medical Center, which is located within walking distance of Vanderbilt University Hospital. We help care for our veterans across multiple service lines, including the general medicine teaching wards, the consultation/co-management services, the physician utilization management (PUMA) service, and the nocturnist service.
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
- Medicine consult service: provide general medicine consultative services for patients receiving inpatient psychiatric treatment