History of the Hospitalist Program at Milstein

Milstein Hospital under construction
The Milstein Hospital under construction

1996 The original two Hospitalists at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center are hired.

1999 The new Section of Hospital Medicine is established with twelve physicians, covering both Milstein Hospital and Allen Hospital.

2000 A hospitalist rotation for senior internal medicine residents is initiated at Milstein Hospital with two residents per rotation joining the Hospitalist staff.

2001 A nurse care manager and two Social Workers are added to the Milstein hospitalist service. The hospitalist rotation at Milstein is renamed "Hospital and Consultative Medicine" incorporating four senior residents. Residents care for a combination of Hospitalist and non-Hospitalist private medicine patients while providing consultative services.

2002 The Hospital and Consultative Medicine rotation is divided into separate Hospitalist and General Medical Consultation rotations. The Hospitalist residents care for unassigned patients with Hospitalist attendings as well as private patients requiring housestaff attention. The General Medical Consult resident is responsible for general medical consults and ICU triage.

2003 The hospitalist service is divided between the Milstein Hospital and Allen Hospital sites. The Section of Hospital Medicine at Milstein Hospital is incorporated into the Division of General Medicine. The Allen Hospital group is incorporated into the Division of Medicine at the Allen Pavilion and is directed by a separate leadership structure.

Over the course of the year, three of our hospitalists are recruited to become directors of new hospitalist groups at other hospitals.

2004 A new multi-disciplinary Hospitalist Unit opens on 7 Garden South at Milstein Hospital. This new unit is staffed by two social workers, a case manager, a nurse manager, a charge nurse, a nurse educator, twenty six nurses, four nurse assistants, a nutritionist, and two unit assistants.

The Hospitalist resident rotation is renamed the “Senior Medicine” rotation. The General Medical Consult responsibilities are divided between two residents, one covering general medical consults and the other covering ICU triage.

Paul Lee, MD is awarded 2004 Physician of the Year by New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

2005 Within one year of its creation, the 7GS Unit has the highest patient volume of any general medical unit in the NYP hospital system.

William Turner, MD is recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons Black and Latino Students Organization (BALSO).

PACS (Physician Assistant Clinical Service) begins with six PA's.

2011 Ashmi Patel, MD is awarded 2011 Physician of the Year by New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

2012 A new Nocturnist PA Service begins with three PA's per night, convening Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Julia Iyasere, MD is awarded 2012 Physician of the Year by New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

2013 The Nocturnist PA Service expands to every night of the week to cross cover and admit.

2013 Maureen Kelly, MD awarded 2013 Physician of the Year by New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

2017 The Milstein hospitalist program expands by adding twelve additional attendings.