The phone rings often when you’re the hospitalist on duty at CCMH. Hospitalist Dr. Christopher Brown answered numerous calls from nurses and social workers during a recent interview.
"This is what happens during my day," said Dr. Brown. "Sometimes days are busier, sometimes nights,"
But Dr. Brown brings an added dimension to his patients with his Board Certification in Infectious Disease. He just started a monthly clinic for infectious disease this week.
"My goal is to work with primary care and referring physicians to help their patients with complex infectious disease problems," said Dr. Brown. "Although patients can self-refer, many patients are referred by their primary care provider or a subspecialist."
When asked for examples of the types of patients seen by an Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Brown noted that there is a broad spectrum of diseases and conditions that he treats, such as chronic infections, hepatitis, resistant organisms, bone infections and endocarditis.
Dr. Brown thinks the monthly infectious disease clinic will probably grow as time goes on, since it is a specialty that the community currently doesn’t have.
"This is a hospital with a very solid medical staff and excellent nursing care," said Dr. Brown. "I’ve practiced in other places, including the East Coast, and Gillette is lucky to have a community hospital like this."
The next CCMH Infectious Disease Clinic is scheduled for Friday, September 24. Call ext. 3535 to schedule and appointment with Dr. Brown.