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Division of Hospital Medicine

The practice of Hospital Medicine is multidisciplinary and collaborative, offering patients many benefits. Our hospitalists interact with everyone on a patient’s care team, including resident and consulting physicians, unit nurses, aides and coordinators, medical students, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, case managers, and social workers.

Coordinated Care, During Your Hospital Stay

Hospitalist providers, along with the multidisciplinary care team, work to create comprehensive care plans for patients who are hospitalized. They provide 24/7 attention to patient care needs, including diagnosis, treatment, and the performance of medical procedures (within their scope of practice). Hospitalists follow up on tests and adjust treatment regimens as needed, and they talk with patients and their families about their care.

Because they are focused on providing efficient and effective patient care, our hospitalists are at the leading edge of changes in quality and process improvement, working to optimize use of our hospital resources.

Coordinated Care, From Hospital to Home

Hospitalists work to ensure a safe transition of patient care from hospital to home or post-acute care facilities – an important ingredient for effective longitudinal care. They arrange follow-up appointments, prescribe medications on discharge and coordinate future care needs with primary care physicians. The focus of the hospitalist team is on communication: making sure both patients and their care team have detailed information about the services provided, including any new diagnoses for which treatment was initiated or changes in medications made.

Our Providers

Learn more about our physicians and nurse practitioners.

Our Services

Direct Patient Care

Our faculty physicians and advanced practice providers provide expert care to general medical inpatients on direct care Hospitalist services both in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Our faculty are available to our patients’ needs in the hospital 24/7 365 days a year.

You may see more than one provider during your stay but we aim to work seamlessly, providing coordinated services from admission to after discharge.

Consultation and Surgical Co-Management

Our faculty provide general Internal Medicine consultations for hospitalized patients across the specialty services available at UNC Hospitals. In this role, we perform pre-operative evaluations for our medically-complex surgical patients, with the goal of minimizing complications during this precarious period.

We also provide medical co-management care for several of our surgical departments including Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology, evaluating patients daily to ensure comprehensive care during their surgical stay.

Procedure Service

The Medicine Procedure Service is a consult service at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, attended by the division faculty who have particular expertise in the use of point-of-care ultrasound and in bedside procedure technique. We work with resident physicians in the Department of Medicine to provide the following procedures with the highest quality and lowest complication rates seven days a week.

  • Central lines
  • Thoracentesis – diagnostic or therapeutic
  • Paracentesis – diagnostic or therapeutic
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Simple I&D
  • Arterial lines, ABGs
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Bone Marrow Biopsies

We also provide instruction on the state-of-the-art techniques we use to other services throughout the hospital.

Please page 123-7077 and order Inpatient Consult to Medicine Procedure Service.

Observation Unit

The 1 Memorial Observation Unit is a closed medical unit staffed by 20 integrated physicians from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, who provide a multi-disciplinary approach to care for patients whose condition requires further evaluation prior to an admission decision. On any given day, one hospitalist and one family physician work alongside our advanced practice providers and resident physicians to serve our patients. In our unit, patients are often re-evaluated multiple times daily in an effort to efficiently progress their care to home or, if needed, to our inpatient units.

Conditions treated in the observation unit include:

  • Chest pain
  • Syncope
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Blood clots
  • Abdominal pain

Our Locations

UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
P: 984-974-1000


UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus
430 Waterstone Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278
P: 984-215-2000
F: 984-215-2005