Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

Hospitalists help manage patients through the continuum of hospital care, often seeing patients in the emergency room, following them into the critical care unit and organizing post-acute care.

Patients like the accessibility of hospitalists because they are on site 24/7 to answer questions regarding care, instead of primary care physicians who make rounds periodically. Hospitalists also know how to expedite and improve care since they are based within the hospital. They are familiar with all of the key individuals in the hospital, including medical and surgery consultants, discharge planners, clergy and others.

Additionally, hospitalists can better facilitate connections with healthcare providers once a patient has been discharged from the hospital, such as home health, skilled nursing, specialized rehabilitation and others.