During your stay at WMHS, our team of hospitalists may be coordinating your care if you do not have a primary care physician or if your family physician requests the services of our hospitalists. Many hospitals across the country use this type of physician—a doctor who is not your family doctor, but who is responsible for your medical care during a hospital stay.
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for inpatients from the time of their admission until their discharge. Hospitalists are available around the clock to provide you with ongoing and immediate care. They work as partners with your primary care physician to provide you with quality care during your hospital stay.
How Does the Hospitalist Program Work?
During your admission, the hospitalist team of physicians will be in charge of your care and will see you daily or more often as needed. The hospitalist will direct your care, discuss treatment options, answer your questions, obtain consultations when needed, monitor test results and quickly respond to changes in your condition. Our hospitalists want to keep you and your family informed, so please ask your nurse to contact the hospitalist whenever you want to discuss your care with him.
The hospitalist will work closely with your primary care physician as well as any other needed specialists to coordinate your care during your stay. Your primary care physician will be kept informed about your progress and may consult with the hospitalist or other specialists during your stay.
What Happens When I am Discharged?
The hospitalist will discuss your discharge instructions and medications with you and answer any questions you may have. He will also assist you with setting up a postdischarge appointment with your primary care physician. A detailed report about your inpatient care will be sent to your primary care physician so he or she can provide your followup care. If you do not have a primary care physician, the hospitalist will assist you in finding a primary care physician who will provide followup care.
What are the Benefits to Me?
We believe that you and your family will appreciate that our hospitalists:
- Are accessible around the clock during your hospital stay
- Are available to answer any questions that you or your family may have
- Respond quickly to changes in your condition or to adjust treatment based on test results
- Work closely with your primary care physician, surgeon and other specialists to coordinate medical services specific to your needs.