Hospitalists are licensed providers who specialize in the care of patients who are admitted to the hospital. They treat a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions.
Unlike primary care physicians, Hospitalists are based within the hospital and do not have an outside medical practice. Available 24 hours a day, these specialists can respond quickly to your medical needs and spend time talking with you and your family about your care.
Because of their in-hospital focus, Hospitalists keep current on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances as well as hospital protocols and technology.
Hospitalists are members of an interdisciplinary team, working with physical therapists, case managers, respiratory therapists, dieticians, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals to assure you receive the expertise you need throughout your stay.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hospitalist?
An attending physician, PA, APRN who provides 24-hour care in the hospital.
Do hospitalists communicate with my physician?
While you are in the hospital, a Hospitalist will be in charge of your care. When necessary, a Hospitalist will contact your physician to discuss your needs and medical history.
Hospitalists provide your primary care physician with a summary report after your discharge. When needed, the Hospitalist may ask for your physician’s participation in the decision-making process.
Why doesn’t my physician see me in the hospital?
Just as you may have a heart and lung specialist, the Hospitalist is your
Hospital specialist. Hospitalists are available at all times and react quickly to test results or changes in your medical condition. They also are available to speak with you or your family members.
What happens when I leave the hospital?
Your primary care physician will provide your follow-up care, review new prescriptions and discuss necessary refills. A Hospitalist will provide your physician with a full report of your time in the hospital and help coordinate any specialty care you may require following discharge. If you do not have a primary care physician, you will be referred to one in the community.