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Hospital Internal Medicine Associates

Posted online in August 2011

Based in: Johnson City, Tenn.
Number of hospitalists: recruiting 5 more
Program founded:1998
Contact: B.J. Smith, MD,

JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER is located in northeast Tennessee, home to East Tennessee State University, Quillen School of Medicine, and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. Johnson City Medical Center is the flagship hospital for Mountain States Health Alliance and is a level 1 trauma center. Formed in 1998, Mountain States Health Alliance is the largest health-care system in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

SERVICES: Johnson City Medical Center serves as a primary teaching facility for East Tennessee State University College of Medicine. With 500 licensed beds, the facility has a tertiary draw of 29 counties and 1.3 million residents. With a strong 24/7 intensivist program, the hospital was named by Solucient as a top-100 heart hospital. It is also a nurse magnet facility.

SCHEDULE AND COVERAGE: Work schedules for hospitalists are flexible and range from nine to 12 hours. Hospitalists typically work seven-on/seven-off for a total of 15 shifts per month. Physicians see a census of 15 to 18 patients daily. Hospitalists use evidence-based clinical pathways to increase their efficiency and improve patient care, and they have access to physician extenders to assist with discharges, prescriptions, rounding and communication flow with primary care physician.

COMPENSATION: Hospitalists with Hospital Internal Medicine Associates are employed by the hospital and receive a competitive benefits package that includes paid malpractice coverage. Hospitalists can earn more than $300,000 per year and can receive a sign-on bonus, paid relocation, and educational loan repayment.

LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS: Northeast Tennessee has a low crime rate and no state income tax. The area offers excellent public and private school systems and is an ideal location for the outdoor enthusiast.

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