What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician whose primary focus is hospital medicine or caring for patients during their stay at a hospital. In most instances, a hospitalist takes over the care for an admitting family physician and manages the patient’s care until the patient is released from the hospital. Upon discharge, the patient is released back to their family physician.
The Somerset Hospital hospitalists work with area physicians to insure a seamless transition from outpatient care to inpatient services. Hospitalists are proficient in managing a full spectrum of illnesses and specialize in providing hospital care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, every day.
The benefits of the hospitalist include:
Keeping a close eye on all.
In the case of an emergency, the hospitalist is never more than a few minutes away. He/she works in the hospital and is able to see a patient more than once a day, if needed and hospitalists do not have an office practice so their focus and time is 100 percent available to hospital patients. Hospitalists will have access to every specialty and department at Somerset Hospital to assist the patient in a smooth and speedy recovery.
Answering the patient’s and family questions.
Hospitalists provide the answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, they offer honest and considerate answers to medical questions. Since hospitalists are in the hospital 24-hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to the patient and family members about their medical care.
Monitoring the treatment in a 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 hospitalists is informed about the patient because they talk with your primary care physician on a regular basis. At the time of a patient’s admission, your primary care physician calls the hospitalist and informs them of your condition. Your physician also provides your records to the hospitalists to provide as much information as possible about your illness. The process is similar to what your physician does when they refer you to a specialist for additional tests or treatment. Many physicians on staff at Somerset Hospital utilize the hospitalist service and rely on these specialists to manage the inpatient component of care for their patients.
During the course of your hospitalization, the hospitalists and the primary care physician may talk further regarding your care. At discharge, your hospitalists will communicate with your physician to discuss further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up appointments and prescribe the necessary medications. Any follow up care will be managed by the patient’s primary care physician.
Hospitalists also respond quickly for Emergency Room patients and provide quicker admission for all patients including those without a primary care physician. They can provide an effective solution to hospitals for providing general care to unassigned patients.