Hospital Medicine Service
A primary care provider, an emergency doctor or another specialist will recommend admission to the hospital. A hospitalist will supervise your care for the duration of your hospital stay.
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the practice of hospital medicine, a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. During your hospital stay you may have more than one hospitalist, but you will always be provided the continuity of care that you deserve.
An assigned hospitalist is available on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions and respond to your medical needs. Because hospitalists work in shifts, this can sometimes mean that the same doctor will not be working every day. Depending on your length of stay in the hospital, this may mean that you may see two or more hospitalists while admitted. Hospitalists work with primary care providers, surgeons, specialists, nurses and other medical professionals in managing your hospital care. Hospitalists work at the hospital full-time to provide your care, seeing you daily to direct treatment and to attend to any emergencies that may arise.
The hospitalist will:
- Communicate with primary care providers and provide updates on any significant changes in condition.
- Help coordinate the discharge and prescribe medications that will need to be taken once you leave the hospital.
- Send a summary report of the hospitalization to your primary care provider’s clinic.
To speak with a hospitalist while in the hospital, ask your primary nurse to page the doctor. If your assigned hospitalist is not on duty, then another hospitalist will visit with you.
You should expect to need a primary care appointment soon after leaving the hospital. Either the appointment can be made prior to leaving the hospital or it can be made at your discretion. Hospitalists do not have any outpatient clinics.
You may also contact a hospitalist after having returned home if you have any questions about your hospital stay. Call (907) 729-2188 and ask to speak to a hospitalist.
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