A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Most Hospitalists are general internal medicine physicians, family practice physicians, or pediatricians. Some Hospitalists are trained as specialists in pulmonary/critical care medicine.
Hospitalists help your primary care doctor to be more available to you. Because Hospitalists are in the hospital all day, your doctor can be with you in the office with fewer delays and interruptions. Your primary care doctor will be able to devote more time to keeping you and your family healthy. With a physician in the hospital, it’s easier for you and your family to communicate about your illness.
In many areas of the country, primary care physicians are referring their patients to a Hospitalist when their patients need to be admitted to the hospital. During your hospital stay, you may be seen by a Hospitalist. Your primary care physician will determine what appropriate follow-up care you need after your discharge.
Hospitalists are here to provide you with the extra care you deserve.In case of an emergency, your Hospitalist is never very far. That is because they work in the hospital and will see you as often as needed. Your Hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital. Hospitalists assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by quickly following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based on those test results.
If you are critically ill, you will have many questions and a Hospitalist is here to ensure that you and your family get the answers you deserve. Hospitalists are here to provide the answers in person whenever possible. Hospitalists are available to talk to you and your family about your care.
Hospitalists talk to primary care physicians on a frequent basis. At the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician calls the Hospitalist and informs him or her of your condition and sends over records to provide as much information as possible about your illness. The process is similar to what your physician does when he or she refers you to a specialist for another opinion or for additional tests or treatment. During the course of your hospitalization, your Hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment. And at discharge your Hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up, and prescribe the necessary medications. He or she will also send your hospital records to your primary care physician.
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Jami D. Boris, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and a Hospitalist at Southwest Regional Medical Center. She can be reached at 724.627.3101 ext 329.