Hospitalists: Specialists in the care of hospital patients
A hospitalist is a “hospital specialist” who works with your primary care physician and MCMC staff to coordinate and provide your care during the course of your hospitalization. A hospitalist is a physician, usually a family practice or internal medicine doctor, who has focused his or her specialty on inpatient care.
Hospitalists’ responsibilities include:
- Assessing and treating your medical condition.
- Keeping your regular physician informed of your hospital progress.
- Assisting your surgeon or subspecialist in caring for your other medical problems.
- Coordinating your hospital care, including all diagnostic tests such as X-rays, lab tests or other procedures.
- Arranging specialty care, therapy or consultations with other specialists.
- Communicating with you and your family.
- Arranging the transition of your care back to your personal physician, who will resume the responsibility for your medical treatment after you leave the hospital.
Advantages of Hospitalist Care
Hospitalists practice only in the hospital, which gives them special insight into the care of inpatients and also makes them readily available to patients around the clock. They can be at your bedside within minutes and can see you or your family when needed.
Your hospitalist is familiar with all the specialists and departments in the hospital, and will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on test results and adjusting your treatments as indicated.
Hospitalists also help your personal physician be more available to you. Because hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your doctor can be more focused on providing care in his or her office with fewer delays and interruptions. Your primary doctor will be able to devote more office time to keeping you and your family healthy.