Why a Hospitalist?
Since hospitalists work exclusively within the hospital, they offer many benefits:
- Rapid response in the case of an emergency
- Timely follow up on your test results and the ability to adjust your treatment accordingly throughout the day
- Spend time talking with you and your family, especially during critical and stressful moments
- Frequent communication with your PCP regarding your past medical history, medications, lab results and more in order to ensure seamless and thorough care
When you are ready to go home, the hospitalist will facilitate your safe discharge from Dominican Hospital by:
- Prescribing the medications you need to take when leaving the hospital
- Arranging any in-home care, if needed
- Coordinating your transition to a short-term rehabilitation facility or nursing home, if appropriate
- Sending your PCP a summary of your hospital stay and discharge medications
- Informing your PCP of any follow-up care
- Arranging your next appointment with your PCP
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about hospitalists
What is a hospitalist? Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican hospitalists are board certified internal medicine or family medicine doctors.
Where do I find hospitalists at Dominican Hospital? Hospitalists come to the patients. Patients that need to be admitted to Dominican Hospital do not have to worry about who will see them or when they will be seen. The Hospitalist Program assigns hospitalists to take care of patients.
Why does a hospitalist care for hospitalized patients? Hospitalists will be in charge of a patients care during in inpatient hospital stay. Patients have the benefit of being seen by a doctor who is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients. If a patient is in the hospital for many days, they may see more than one hospitalist. Additionally, this can enable primary care doctors to be more available in their office, rather than trying to go back and forth between seeing patients in the office and in the hospital.
How does the hospitalist care work? The hospitalist team is in charge of inpatient care and sees patients every day to direct treatment while in the hospital. This hospitalist is available to patients and their family to answer questions and discuss care. The hospitalist works at the hospital full-time to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. They may consult other doctors who participate in your care as well. The hospitalist will make arrangements for any discharge prescriptions. patients are advised to make an appointment with their primary care doctor, or other doctors, soon after discharge. The hospitalist partners with primary care physicians who will continue to provide outpatient care after discharge.
What is the relationship between the hospitalist and primary care physicians? The two doctors work together in partnership. Primary care physicians provide information about past health history to the hospitalist, and the two doctors will discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to primary care physicians. Primary care physicians asks the hospitalist to be in charge of hospitalized patient care, but is welcome to check on patients and discuss care with the hospitalist any time during a hospital stay. When patients are discharged, they return to the care of their primary care doctor.
What if another specialist is needed while in the hospital? If the hospitalist believes a patient should see a specialist they can arrange for this transfer as necessary. If a patient has already been seeing other doctors elsewhere, it is important that the hospitalist be notified so all physicians are kept informed.
What if a patient does not have a regular primary care physician? The hospitalist or other hospital staff can assist in finding a patients a primary care physician. Records from a hospital stay can be sent to this physician, with patient consent.