Hospital Medicine Division

Division Head: Peter Y. Watson, M.D.

Our Division has nearly 40 clinical hospitalists, 10 physicians in the role of clinical educators, and several Palliative Medicine specialists. Our hospitalists provide 24/7 coverage for approximately 120 beds at Henry Ford Hospital, 60 beds at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and 45 beds at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. We also provide general medical consultation for any patient at these hospitals.

Inpatient units

Our hospitalists manage patients in the General Practice Unit, Clinical Decision Unit, Cardiac Telemetry Unit, and Critical Care Progressive Care Unit. We also co-manage orthopedic surgery patients at Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. This allows the orthopedic surgeon to focus on surgery-related issues and the hospitalist to focus on the patient's medical issues.

Palliative medicine consults

Our group’s palliative medicine specialists provide consults for cancer pain, other disease-related pain, and for hospice inpatients.

Bedside procedures

Inpatient procedures performed by our hospitalists include placement of central lines and arterial lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, intubation, lumbar puncture, and skin biopsies, among others.

Quality and patient safety

The general medical units at Henry Ford Hospital managed by our Division feature a unique team model of collaboration to improve patient safety and quality care. We have developed protocols for electrolytes, indwelling catheters, patient mobility, and bowel. We also test new technologies, such as advanced systems to monitor critical care patients.

Medical education

Our hospitalist faculty provides clinical education for residents and fellows, nurses, and other health professionals at Henry Ford hospitals as well as supervision and training to residents who rotate through the various units managed by our group. For example, the teaching service for residents includes a focus on development of core competencies in hospital patient care and progressive opportunity to gain autonomy in patient management.