CarePoint Health Hospitalist Program
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients during their stay in the hospital. These doctors are fully trained physicians, board certified in internal medicine and work in close consultation with the patient’s primary care physician.
They also work closely with the other specialty physicians involved in your care during your hospital stay. Our hospitalists are able to focus all of their time and attention on you because they do not have outside practices.
How does a hospitalist benefit you?
Hospitalists ensure continuity-of-care from the time of admissions to discharge. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. Their familiarity with the specialists and departments in the hospital allows them to more efficiently coordinate care and monitor patient progress.
Because they are in the hospital throughout the day, hospitalists are better able to follow up on tests and to make necessary adjustments in a timely manner based upon the results. Since hospitalists dedicate their time only to inpatient care, they are more available to answer questions that patients may have about their treatment and recovery. Studies have shown that hospitalists improve the quality of care a patient receives and can contribute to a reduced length of stay in the hospital.
What is a hospitalist’s role in patient discharge?
The hospitalist will prescribe medication for you to take when leaving the hospital and advise your physician so that he/she can manage future prescriptions. The hospitalist will contact your physician to summarize your hospital treatment, advise the physician of medications and discuss future course of care. The hospitalist will dictate a discharge summary immediately upon discharge; this will be forwarded to the referring physician within 24 hours. At that time, patient care will be referred back to the private physician for follow-up within three days.