What is a Hospitalist?

Hospitalists are here just for you.

A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are also advanced practice clinicians such as a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) or a physician-assistant (PA). A Hospitalist does not have an outpatient medical practice, which means that he or she is dedicated to your hospital care at all times, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. When the Hospitalist is on call overnight, he/she is available to direct your medical care should urgent needs arise.

 

Hospitalists keep a close eye on you.

In case of an emergency your Hospitalist is never very far, and because they only work in the hospital they will see you more than once if necessary. Your Hospitalist works with every medical specialist and department in the hospital, and also coordinates your care with social workers, nurses, physical therapists, and pharmacists. Hospitalists assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout your stay based on those test results. Your surgeon may ask the Hospitalist to see you regularly as well, to make sure that you recover well after your surgery.

 

Hospitalists answer your family’s questions.

Hospitalists are here to provide the answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, they provide honest and considerate answers to your questions. Since Hospitalists are available every day, they are able to take the time to speak with you and your family about your care. Hospitalists encourage your family to be available throughout the hospitalization so they can be updated regarding your progress and can answer questions.

 

Hospitalists provide many benefits to you and your physician:

How does my family doctor know about my hospitalization?

Hospitalists communicate directly with primary care physicians. The process is similar to what your physician does when he or she refers you to a medical specialist for another opinion or for additional tests and treatment.

During the course of your hospitalization, your primary care physician will receive notification of important changes and will received notes from your Hospitalists as well as test results. At your discharge, your Hospitalist sends a summary report to your physician detailing your health concerns, what treatments you received, and recommendations for follow-up care.

 

Hospitalists help your primary care physician to be more available for you.

Because Hospitalists are in the hospital every day, your doctor can be with you in the office with fewer delays and interruptions. Your primary care physician will be able to devote more time in keeping you and your family healthy. We encourage you to follow up with your regular physician soon after leaving the hospital.

 

Prepare your questions for your Hospitalist. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Why am I sick?
  • What new medications am I receiving in the hospital?
  • What health problems should I look out for when I get home?
  • What else can be done to control my pain?
  • Other questions?

 

We are here to assist you and meet your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question.

You can reach the Hospitalist at any time. Contact the Hospital Switchboard and ask for the Hospitalist at (937) 548-1141.