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Adult Hospitalists

What is a Hospitalist

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and whose practice is in the hospital not in an office. Our hospitalists are well trained in internal medicine and well-versed in the unique needs of the hospitalized patient.

What is the role of a hospitalist during my stay?

Hospitalists assume the role of your primary care provider while you are in the hospital. It is a hospitalist’s job to help you regain your health as quickly as possible. They do this by designing an individualized treatment plan for each patient and by working with nurses and other health care professionals to provide this personal attention.

How does the hospitalist work with my primary care physician?

From admission to discharge, our hospitalists communicate with your Primary Care physician. At discharge, the hospital team sends important medical information about your hospital stay and discharge plan to your primary care physician. When you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will resume responsibility for your medical care.

What are the benefits of having a hospitalist?

Hospital-based physicians specialize in managing conditions which require hospitalization. Because hospitalists don’t have a private practice, they are devoted to the care of hospitalized patients 24 hours a day.

What if my family has questions?

Hospitalists will be available to answer questions in person whenever possible. Their presence in the hospital helps them to be accessible to your family.

What will happen after I’m discharged?

Prior to discharge, the hospital staff may attempt to make an appointment for you with your primary care physician or specialist for follow-up care. Staff may also help you to establish care with a primary care physician if you do not have one.