Hospitalists are defined as dedicated in-patient internal and family medicine physicians who work exclusively in the hospital setting. They admit patients for doctors who do not come to the hospital or patients who do not have a primary care doctor. The Hospitalists also provide a consult service in conjunction to the specialist that admit their own patients.
By focusing their expertise on inpatients, hospitalists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat illnesses that hospitalized patients commonly face. During your stay, our hospitalists coordinate all aspects of your medical care, working closely with nurses, specialists, hospital staff and your own family doctor. This team approach ensures that you and your family receive timely information, personal service and comprehensive care—for a smooth and speedy recovery.
Your doctor has referred you to our hospitalist program to ensure you receive the highest level of care at Our Lady of Lourdes. At discharge, you will return to the care of your primary care physician for additional treatment, follow-up care and medication management.
What should I expect?
Like any other doctor, a hospitalist will visit you daily to monitor progress and answer questions. If concerns arise between visits, your nurse will contact the hospitalist team. At discharge, your hospitalist will explain your home care plan and prescribe any necessary medications. The hospitalist will schedule a follow-up visit with your primary doctor; sending a detailed report with test results.
Benefits of Hospitalists
- Enhanced communication. Hospitalists are on site to consult with other specialists and service departments, like lab and radiology, while keeping your primary doctor in the loop.
- Rapid response. Hospitalists can respond quickly to changes in patient conditions or to new test results—adjusting your care plan on the spot.
- Shorter stay. Having a hospitalist on site can shorten your wait time for tests, results and consultations—often speeding your recovery and shortening your hospital stay.