What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a clinician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Mon General's hospitalist team includes physicians trained in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care medicine, as well as physician assistants and nurses.
When will I see my primary care physician?
In many areas of the country, primary care physicians are referring their patients to a hospitalist when their patients are sick enough that they can no longer be cared for in the outpatient setting. During your hospital stay, you will be seen by a hospitalist. You will see your regular doctor soon after discharge from the hospital.
How does the Hospitalist know about me?
Hospitalists have a good working relationship with primary care physicians and communicate with them on a regular basis. Hospitalists also have access to your medical records.
During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment. At discharge your hospitalist will communicate with your physician to discuss further treatment, arrange follow-up and prescribe medications. The hospitalist will also send your hospital records to your primary care physician.
Hospitalists provide many benefits for you and your doctor.
Hospitalists keep a close eye on you. In case of emergency, your hospitalist is never very far. That's because they work in the hospital and will see you more than once a day, if needed. Your hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital. Hospitalists assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based on those test results.
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 a member of the hospitalist team is in the hospital 24 hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care. There's no time more important to communicate about your care than when you might be critically ill.
Our hospitalists round in the mornings between 7 and 11 a.m. It may be helpful to have your family present at that time. Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call anytime at (304) 413-0168.
Hospitalists help your primary care doctor to be more available to you.
Using a hospitalist team enables your primary care physician to be more available to you in the office and enables the hospitalist to care for you when you are at your sickest.