Hospitalists Join Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

Published On 03/11/2014

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Their primary focus is caring for patients admitted to the hospital and getting them back home.

John W. Allen, Jr. M.D., and Shailesh Patel. D.O., have joined Methodist Olive Branch Hospital as hospitalists. They specialize in caring for patients who are admitted to the hospital.

“As a hospitalist, I have the opportunity to enhance the quality of care patients receive while they are in the hospital,” explained Dr. Allen. “Depending on what is happening with a patient, I can stop by several times a day to view test results and order additional testing if needed.”

Dr. Allen says as a hospitalist he enjoys having all of the services his patients might need right there. He can respond immediately to a medical issue by sending a patient for a CAT scan or order a biopsy and get immediate results.

He became a hospitalist because he likes the variety of cases. Hospitalists treat a wide range of illnesses from a simple stomach virus to pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses to life threatening ailments.

Dr. Patel chose hospital medicine because he enjoys caring for adult patients and feels this is an area where he can make a difference.

“I really like working with critically ill patients and helping them get better so they can go home to be with their families,” said Dr. Patel.  

By being responsive to patients in need and following up with test results the same day rather than the next day, hospitalists help reduce the length of visits for patients. Olive Branch has also implemented a program that helps reduce readmissions. Patients who do not have a primary care physician are scheduled for a follow up outpatient appointment with their hospitalist when they are discharged from the hospital. Taking the proactive approach to provide a follow up visit gives hospitalists the opportunity to help identify any potential medical challenges and provide additional care quickly.

Allen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Patel attended the University of Mississippi, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in pharmaceutical sciences and a Doctor of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.