How will my physician know what happens during my hospitalization?
The hospitalists will be in frequent contact with your physician, relaying the details of your care. Your physician will also be notified if anything unexpected happens during your stay.
Will I see other physicians while in the hospital?
The hospitalist may consult specialists (such as cardiologists or oncologists) to assist in your care if needed.
What happens on weekends and evenings?
A hospitalist is on duty seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Who will talk to my family while I am in the hospital?
With your permission, your family will be contacted by one of the hospitalists. They will be available throughout the day to answer any questions you or your family may have.
What will happened when I am discharged?
The hospitalist will discuss your discharge medications and other instructions with you. Your physician will receive a summary of your stay, including discharge diagnoses, medications that have been ordered or provided, and recommended follow-up visits or treatments.
What are the benefits to me?
First and foremost, high-quality care is available to you around the clock, seven days a week, by highly trained physician specialists, You will be seen by them as often as needed.
In addition, because hospitalists are based at the hospital, decisions can be made quickly as situations arise. Treatments are modified and test results followed up. This may help prevent medical complications, reduce hospital stays and lower costs.