During your stay at a FirstHealth hospital, physicians who are members of our Hospitalist team may care for you.
A Hospitalist is a medical doctor specializing in the care of hospital patients; they work only in the hospital and do not have an office practice. Our hospitalists are a dynamic team of specialists in internal medicine who medically manage every aspect of your treatment in the hospital by:
- Monitoring your condition.
- Coordinating all specialists and tests.
- Keeping you, your personal physician and your family informed about your condition—any time, day or night.
In addition Hospitalist care features:
- High-quality care available all day, every day.
- The patient sees a doctor as often as needed.
- You and your family can easily access your physician to communicate with him or her about your illness.
While you are in the hospital your Hospitalist will communicate regularly with your primary care physician, as well as with others who provide care. This communication can occur at various times during your hospital stay, including when you are admitted and discharged. This is very similar to the way your regular primary care physician communicates with other specialists when you are referred for another opinion or for additional tests and treatment.
When you are discharged from the hospital, the Hospitalist who admitted you will send detailed records to your primary care physician describing your hospitalization and further treatment needs or follow-ups. The Hospitalist also will provide you with any needed prescriptions and arrange for you to see your primary care doctor. Should you have questions or concerns before your follow-up appointment with your primary care doctor, the Hospitalist will be available to address them.