Hospitalist Program at Vidant Beaufort Hospital
Our hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who provides care to patients while they are in the hospital. The hospitalist works closely with primary care and internal medicine doctors and other community based and hospital-based physicians to provide expert care for patients in the hospital. Hospitalist physicians see only patients who are in the hospital for treatment. Hospitalists physicians are specialized in hospital medicine and do not see patients outside of the hospital.
Who will answer my questions?
During your hospital stay, your hospitalist will answer any questions you or your family may have. That doesn’t mean you can’t contact your personal doctor, but it does mean that a physician is available to answer your questions.
What happens after my hospital stay?
Your hospitalist will provide you with all the information and care you need until you can see your personal doctor. We also contact your doctor when you are discharged from the hospital and share the instructions you received. That means, when you go for your next appointment, your doctor will be aware of your follow-up care.
How does the Hospitalist program benefit me?
The hospitalist consults with your personal doctor and provides medical care when you need it.
They can monitor your progress and condition very effectively. This typically results in faster pain relief, quicker results for labs and x-rays, and quicker transitions out of the emergency department. They are available at all times to review lab or radiology results. Health care provided by hospitalists shows a reduction of medical complications including blood clots and pneumonia. In addition, these physicians can quickly improve symptoms of chronic conditions such as heart failure.
James Manning, MD
has been a hospitalist at Vidant Beaufort since the inception of the program in 2005. Dr. Manning received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2002. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is active in the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine.
Melissa Beretich, MD
joined the medical staff at Vidant Beaufort as a hospitalist physician in 2008. Dr. Beretich received her medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine in 2002 and completed her residency in internal medicine at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and has served as a hospitalist physician since 2006. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Kenny Nall, MD
has also been a part of the hospitalist program since its inception in 2005. He is trained in pulmonology, critical care and internal medicine. In addition to his hospitalist responsibilities, he practices at Washington Pulmonary Associates. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his internal medicine residency at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Richard Mann, MD
is trained in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He has received multiple awards in his career including the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Most Outstanding Professor Award and was the president of the NC Thoracic Society. Dr. Mann has been the Medical Director of many departments at Pitt County Memorial Hospital including the Medical ICU, the Sleep Lab and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. Mann joined as a hospitalist in March, 2010.
Michael Lang, MD
is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
at ECU in Greenville. He completed a dual residency in Medicine/Psychiatry at ECU and Pitt County Memorial Hospital in 2007. Dr Lang has been working as faculty for ECU Internal Medicine and Psychiatry since that time. He works in a variety of clinic and inpatient settings in both disciplines.