What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in hospital inpatient care and are usually internists. Your primary care physician has made them available to you in the event you require hospitalization.
If your primary care physician utilizes hospitalist services and you need to be admitted to the hospital, you will be admitted by one of our hospitalist providers. They will manage and direct your care while you are a patient in the hospital. Our providers work closely as a team, so you may see more than one of them during your stay.
Our hospitalists will keep your primary care physician informed of your progress while you are in the hospital. They are available to answer any questions you or your family may have regarding your plan of care.
Benefits of hospitalist services
Our hospitalists are:
- The hospitalist workday is spent inside the hospital, so they are especially accessible and easily able to coordinate the efforts of the many people involved in a person's care.
- Hospitalists generally can respond quickly whenever a patient or family member has a question or concern. Office based physicians typically visit hospitalized patients only during morning or evening rounds.
- Hospitalists can recognize and quickly react to any changes in the patient’s condition.
- Familiar with key staff in the hospital, including medical and surgical consultants, discharge planners, clergy and other employees, which improves care.
- Partners with primary care physicians in coordinating specialized medical treatment for individual patients
- An excellent resource for patients without a primary care physician
How do I use the Hospitalist program?
If your physician or specialist believes that you need to be hospitalized, he or she may choose to coordinate your admission with our hospitalist group. The hospitalist(s) will be in frequent contact with your physician, relaying the details of your care. If you are admitted through the Emergency Department, your physician will be promptly notified of your status and condition.
Once you've been admitted under the care of the hospitalist group, a hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you daily. Throughout your stay, they will work together with your physician to ensure you obtain the best care possible.
The Hospitalist group will:
- Assess and treat your medical condition
- Coordinate your hospital care
- Establish a relationship with you and your family
- Review your progress with your physician
- When discharged, transition medical care back to your primary physician, who will resume the responsibility for ongoing outpatient treatment
- Assist patients in finding a primary care physician for those who do not already have one
What if I need a specialist while I am in the hospital?
Sometimes consultation with other specialists is necessary to ensure that you receive the best care. The hospitalist will coordinate your care with other specialists as needed.
How does it work?
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will return to your primary care physician for follow-up. Your physician will have a record of the treatment you received while in the hospital and a copy of your discharge instructions.
If you have questions about the hospitalist program, please call (615) 338-1000.