Jaya Kumar, MD

Occurring the first Thursday in March, National Hospitalist Day will serve to celebrate the fastest-growing specialty in modern medicine and hospitalists' enduring contributions to the evolving healthcare landscape. It was recently approved by the National Day Calendar and was one of approximately 30 national days to be approved for the year out of an applicant pool of more than 18,000.

Hospitalists are doctors who are trained to take care of patients in the hospital. The Society of Hospital Medicine defines hospitalists as "Physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital medicine."

The term hospitalist was first coined in a New England Journal of Medicine article by Robert Wachter, MD.

Hospitalists provide state-of-the-art care to hospitalized patients so the primary care providers can spend more time in their offices taking care of outpatients. Upon discharge, patients return back to the primary care provider. Communications between the hospitalist and the primary care provider ensure a smooth transition of care.

Please join me in honoring our outstanding hospitalists at Medical City McKinney.

Jaya Kumar, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at Medical City McKinney. In her role, Dr. Kumar is responsible for promoting safe, quality care for all patients. She is dedicated to supporting the clinical staff and the administrative team in their commitment to excellence and actively participates in a number of patient-centered initiatives and committees throughout the hospital.