Hospital Medicine Program
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician specializing in the care of hospitalized patients and provides full-time inpatient medical care. Our hospitalists are well trained 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 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 work closely with primary care providers, therapists, surgeons, nurses and other hospital departments to facilitate the most effective treatment options. When you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will resume responsibility for your medical care.
What are the benefits?
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 are available to answer questions in person whenever possible. Their presence in the hospital helps them be accessible to your family.
What will happen after I’m discharged?
Prior to discharge, hospital staff will attempt to make an appointment for you with your primary care physician or specialist for follow-up care.
For more information about our Hospital Medicine services, call (509) 786-2222.