Affinity Now Manages TRMC Hospital Medicine Program

Affinity Clinic now oversees Tift Regional Medical Center's hospital medicine program, which provides inpatient care for patients admitted to the hospital.  TRMC previously contracted with a national firm to provide hospital medicine; now this service is managed by Affinity Clinic, the area's largest multi-specialty practice.  Kaine Brown, M.D., a South Georgia native, serves as medical director.

"A hospital medicine provider is a primary care physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant who gives care to individuals while they are in the hospital," said Dr. Brown.  "While on duty, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients.  Our goal is to offer high quality evidence-based inpatient care that is compassionate and tailored to the unique needs of our individual patients."

Primary care physicians on the TRMC medical staff, such as family physicians and internists, have the option to admit their own patients for inpatient care or they can utilize the hospital medicine program.

Hospital medicine providers specialize in all aspects of a patient's care - from admission through discharge.  Hospital medicine providers manage and coordinate the entire inpatient episode of care.

"They will keep a patient's outpatient primary care physician informed of progress while that patient is in the hospital," said Dr. Brown.  "With a policy of seamless communication, we seek to develop a true partnership in the care of the hospitalized patient between patients, family members, referring primary care physicians, attending specialists and support staff."