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An institution for the treatment, care, and cure of the sick and wounded, for the study of disease, and for the training of physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel. [L. hospitalis, for a guest, fr. hospes (hospit-), a host, a guest]
base h. a h. unit located in a military or recreational encampment; usually of small size and limited facilities, for immediate care of illnesses and injuries.camp h;
camp h. base h
closed h. a h. that restricts membership on its attending or consulting staff, and thereby limits who may admit and treat patients.
day h. a special facility, or an arrangement within a h. setting, that enables the patient to come to the h. for treatment during the day and return home or to another facility at night. Cf. night h.
general h. any large civilian h. that is equipped to care for medical, surgical, maternity, and psychiatric cases, and usually has a resident medical staff.
government h. a h. administered by officials of the city, county, state, or nation.public h;
group h. a private h. organized and controlled by a group of physicians and restricted to the reception and care of their own patients.
maternity h. a special h. for the care of women in childbirth.
mental h. a medical institution for the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric and psychologic disorders.
municipal h. a government h. administered by city officials.
night h. a special facility, or an arrangement within a h. setting, providing treatment and lodging at night for patients able to work in the community during the day. Cf. day h.
open h. a h. where all physicians, not members of the regular staff, are permitted to send their patients and control their treatment.
philanthropic h. voluntary h
private h. 1. a h. similar to a group h. except that it is controlled by a single practitioner or by the practitioner and the associates in his or her office; 2. a h. operated for profit.proprietary h;
proprietary h. private h
public h. government h
special h. a h. for the medical and surgical care of patients with specific types of diseases, as of the ear, nose, and throat, eyes, or mental illness.
state h. a h. supported in part by taxpayers and administered by state government officials.
teaching h. a h. that also functions as a formal center of learning for the training of physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel.
Veterans Administration h. a h. operated at federal government expense and administered by the Veterans Administration for care of veterans of U.S. wars and retired military personnel.
voluntary h. a h. supported in part by voluntary contributions and under the control of a local, usually self-appointed, board of managers; a non-profit h.philanthropic h;
weekend h. a special facility, or an arrangement within a h. setting, which enables a patient to work in the community during the work week and receive treatment in the hospital during the weekend.
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