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Monday, August 5, 2013

Talladega, ALA --- Citizens Baptist Medical Center recently started a hospitalist program to offer patients continual physician care during their stay in the hospital. A hospitalist, a physician who specializes in caring for patients in a hospital setting, works closely with the patient’s primary care physician to provide the highest level of care.

“Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, a hospitalist is designated and will be responsible for the patient’s care during their stay,” says Hospitalist Director, Milka Martinez, MD.   “A hospitalist will meet with you and your family to explain the treatment plan and is available to speak with you at any time.”

The hospitalist program will be directed by Dr. Milka Martinez, who joins Citizens Baptist after serving as an Internal Medicine Physician for two years in Lincoln, Alabama.

“We are glad to offer this service to our patients,” Joel Taylor, President of Citizens Baptist Medical Center. “The hospitalist program is a great addition to the team of medical professionals who work to care for those in our hospital. It allows hospitalists and primary care physicians to work together to provide exceptional care to patients.”

When a patient is discharged from the hospital, the patient will return to the care of their primary care physician. The physician will have updated medical records from the patient’s hospital stay available. If a patient does not have a primary care physician, the hospitalist program is still available. To find a primary care physician, please call 1-877-222-7847.

About Citizens Baptist Medical Center- Citizens Baptist is a 122-bed acute care facility in Talladega with more than 400 employees. The hospital offers a comprehensive range of clinical services, including obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, emergency services, home care services, a pain center and a Senior Care Unit, in addition to specialized medical and surgical care. Citizens BMC joined the health ministry of Baptist Health System in 1992 and serves North Talladega County.

About Baptist Health System - Baptist Health System, Inc. is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) Corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.


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