Your primary care doctor has requested that you be cared for by a Hospital Medicine Physician (Hospitalist) during your hospital stay. The following information will help you become familiar with the Hospitalist Team and what you can expect during your stay.
What is a Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of patients while they are in the hospital. Your Primary Care Physician is responsible for managing your care in his/her office when you are no longer in the hospital. Since Hospitalists typically work one week on, one week off, you may see more than one Hospitalist during your hospital stay.
Will I see my own doctor?
Your Primary Care Physician will resume your care when you are discharged from the hospital. While you are hospitalized, the Hospitalist will keep your doctor informed of your progress and any special needs you may have after being discharged from the hospital.
What will the Hospitalist do for me?
While you are hospitalized, the Hospitalist will:
- Provide and manage any necessary medical services
- Work with consulting specialists, hospital staff and your doctor to arrange medical services specific to your medical needs
Who can I talk to if I have questions?
In addition to your Hospitalist and nurse, an RN Case Manager will be available to you and your family. The RN Case Manager will assist you with your discharge needs, which may include home health visits, special medical equipment or other support services.
How do I contact the Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist will see you every day while you are in the hospital. If you or one family member of your choosing needs to speak to the Hospitalist, ask your nurse to page them for you. The Hospitalist will get back to you, or the one family member you selected, in person or by phone as quickly as they can.
What will the Hospitalist do when I leave the hospital?
The Hospitalist will:
- Notify your doctor of your discharge and send a dictated summary of your hospital care and medications
- Let your doctor know if you need follow-up care
- Prescribe the medications you need to take after you leave the hospital. Your doctor will take care of any refills and will continue your care, if needed, after you leave the hospital.