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Hospital Medicine

Our team of hospitalists will ensure you get the care, tests, and evaluations you need for a proper diagnosis and will coordinate your treatment with your patient care team. Depending on the length of your stay at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, you may receive care from one or more of our hospitalists.

What’s the difference in an MD, DO, and PA-C?

Regardless of their credentials, St. Claire HealthCare’s hospitalist team is a group of highly qualified medical professionals who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. The letters after their name, often referred to as credentials, let you know which type of degree your medical provider has earned.

MD – An MD is a physician who has received a Doctor of Medicine degree from a traditional (allopathic) medical school.

DO – A physician with DO after their name has attended an osteopathic medical school and earned a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

PA-C – A specially trained healthcare professional who functions under the supervision of a physician. Just like an MD or DO, a PA-C can diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications.

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