When patients are admitted to Saint Francis Hospital South, in-hospital care may be managed by a group of specialized physicians called hospitalists. The hospitalist will work with your primary care physician to insure a seamless transition from outpatient care to inpatient service.
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists are proficient in managing a full spectrum of serious adult illnesses and specialize in providing hospital care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for patients at Saint Francis Hospital South. Most hospitalists are general internal medicine physicians.
The benefits of a hospitalist include:
- Keeping a close eye on you: In the event of an emergency, your hospitalist is never more than a few minutes away. He/she works in the hospital and is able to see you more than once a day, if needed. Hospitalists have access to every specialty and department in the hospital to assist you to a smooth and speedy recovery.
- Answering your family’s questions: Hospitalists provide the answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, they offer honest and considerate answers to your questions. Since hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care.
- Monitoring treatment in timely manner: Since hospitalists are hospital-based, they are able to order and interpret tests and provide care in a very efficient and prompt manner.
A hospitalist knows about you because he/she talks to your primary care physician on a regular basis. At the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician calls the hospitalist and informs him or her of your condition. Your physician may also send your records to the hospitalist to provide as much information as possible about your illness. The process is similar to what your physician does when he or she refers you to a specialist for additional tests or treatment.
During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your care. Hospitalists do not provide ongoing primary or specialty care. At discharge, your hospitalist will communicate with your physician to discuss further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up appointments and prescribe the necessary medications. Your follow-up care will then be managed by your primary care physician.