The oncology hospital medicine services represents a joint venture between the divions of hematology/oncology and hospital medicine. The service began in July 2007 and exists as an inpatient service for patients with both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. We used to care strictly for patients whose oncologists were part of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, but recently we have taken on patients from oncologists in the private Hematology and Oncology Associates of Illinois group led by Dr. Steve Newman.
A large portion of our patients are scheduled admissions for chemotherapy; the others are generally admitted from clinic or the ER with acute complaints relating to either their cancers or treatments. The service is staffed with two hospitalists who work together for a week at a time, Monday-Sunday, as well as a Physician's Assistant (PA) who works Monday-Friday.
Our service exists in tandem with several other oncology services: the stem cell transplant service; staffed by an attending, fellow, and several nurse practitioners (NPs); the palliative care service, staffed by an attending and NP, +/- a fellow; the Red service (teaching service forhematologic malignancies); and the Blue service (teaching service for solid tumor malignancies). The red service has a cap of 15 patients, and the blue service has a cap of 12 patients.
For more information regarding the oncology service, please contact Charlotta Weaver, MD, Director of Hospital Medicine for Oncology Services.