Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is hospital medicine. Based within the hospital, hospitalists monitor daily medical needs, prescribe treatment, answer questions and help patients plan for care after they leave the hospital.
Our hospitalists work with your physician or, if you don’t have a primary physician, oversee your care while you are in the hospital and help set you up with a primary care physician once you leave.
Why do I need a hospitalist?
Because hospitalists don’t maintain a private outside practice, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients. Their focus is on you – and they are experts in what can be done in the hospital to better diagnose and treat your condition so you can return home more quickly.
Hospitalists also act as a liaison for you while you are in the hospital, overseeing your care and making sure other physicians and staff are kept up to date on your condition. Based within the hospital, hospitalists can be reached quickly for questions or evaluations.
Will I see more than one hospitalist during my stay?
Since our hospitalists work day and night, it is likely that at some of our hospitals you may see more than one member of the hospitalist team. Maintaining a consistent pattern of treatment during your hospital is a priority and our hospitalists clearly communicate one another and your physician to maintain consistency in your care.
What happens when I leave the hospital?
Because hospitalists do not have an outside practice, they cannot continue to oversee your care once you leave the hospital. But they are dedicated to providing you with the direction you need to continue on a healthy path.
When the time comes for you to be discharged, your hospitalists will help ensure your prescriptions are up-to-date and that you have a follow-up appointment with a primary care physician.
They will work with your current primary care physician – or your new physician if you did not previously have one – to continue to provide you with the type of hands-on care you need.
When you are admitted to the hospital, you should never have to worry about quality of care. Throughout Wellmont Health System, we partner with top hospitalists in the community to ensure you receive the expert hospital care you deserve.