The term generally refers to a physician who specializes in the care of patients in the hospital. Here at Riverside Medical Clinic, you can think of a hospitalist as kind of like the quarterback of your medical team. If you are hospitalized with an illness, the hospitalist will guide every step of the process, providing prompt and complete attention to your diagnosis, treatment and procedures.
Hospitalists can help your stay go more smoothly. They typically spend most of their day in the hospital so they’re more readily available than other physicians who may have to go back and forth to the clinic to see outpatients.
At admission time, your hospitalist will review your medical history with your primary care physician (PCP) and gather information from you and your family. Armed with these notes, they will plan and manage your treatment during your stay. They will order any needed diagnostic imaging/X-rays and lab work. They will review all of your tests, adjust your care accordingly and update you on the plan. They can also answer any questions you may have about your illness or medications, and coordinate between the surgeon and your primary care physician. When it’s time for you to be discharged, your hospitalist will update your primary care physician about your stay, including any prescriptions you were given. They will also discuss recommended follow-up care with you and your PCP.
We have several, highly qualified, compassionate hospitalists on staff with backgrounds in family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics, in addition to other specialties. Where the orthopedic surgeon is focused on repairing a broken bone, our hospitalists see the needs of a whole person. They will help you transition from the hospital to home as quickly and comfortably as possible.