Hospitalist Q and A
“What is a Hospitalist?”
- Hospitalists are doctors who will care for you while you are admitted to the hospital.
- Hospitalists’ care begins at the time of admission, enabling your testing and treatment to begin as quickly as possible, and ends when you are discharged.
- Hospitalists provide ongoing care throughout your stay and can make decisions as situations arise. The hospitalist will be able to check on you if you have a problem, need a procedure explained, or to meet with your family.
“How often will the Hospitalist see me?”
- The hospitalist will see inpatients at least once a day, if required. If an emergency occurs during your visit, he or she will see you right away. Transitional Care Unit patients will be seen on an as-needed basis.
“Is my primary care doctor still involved?”
Yes. Our hospitalists work closely with your doctor, providing updates and asking for information when they need it. A complete summary of your hospital stay will be sent to your doctor at the time of your discharge.
“What about my follow-up care?”
Once you’re discharged, your primary care doctor will provide any follow-up care that you need.