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The Park Nicollet Experience in Establishing a Hospitalist System

Richard B. Freese, MD
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From Park Nicollet Clinic, HealthSystem Minnesota, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Note: This article is one of a series of articles comprising an Annals of Internal Medicine supplement entitled “ The Hospitalist Movement in the United States.” To see a complete list of the articles included in this supplement, please view its Table of Contents.


Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(4_Part_2):350-354. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-130-4-199902161-00004
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A hospitalist system was developed at Park Nicollet Clinic in 1993, was implemented in 1994, and remains in existence today. It was established without knowledge of any other similar program in the United States. Internists and family practitioners were given the choice to continue to care for hospitalized patients or to become totally office based. The new system has met with good patient acceptance along with increased physician satisfaction and retention. This paper describes some key aspects of the institution of the system in a multispecialty group that includes both family practitioners and internists.

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