Hospitalist Services - For Patients
What are the benefits of a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists work solely in the hospital, caring for you or your loved one. They are able to monitor test results throughout the day and are nearby if questions or emergencies arise. Since Hospitalists are at the hospital 24/7 they ensure there is no delay in updating the plan of care based on new developments. By focusing only on inpatient medicine, Hospitalists can stay up-to-date on all the newest innovations and treatments, ensuring you or your loved one receives the highest quality care. Our Hospitalists work with other specialists as needed and they coordinate necessary tests, procedures and treatments.
Additionally, our Hospitalist team members will:
- See you or your loved one as often as indicated throughout the day and communicate with family about the illness, developments and plan of care.
- Update your primary care physician if there is a significant change in condition.
- Contact your primary care physician when the patient is discharged from the hospital and provide them any important follow-up information
What role does my primary care physician have while I’m at St.Vincent?
Many primary care physicians today are unable to care for their patients while in the hospital. This is due to both the growing complexity in hospital medicine as well as the time it takes to travel to the various hospitals to see their patients. This situation is similar to your primary care physician referring you to a specialist for certain types of care; only our Hospitalists specialize in inpatient medicine.
During your stay, the Hospitalist will work in tandem with your primary care doctor so that you receive the best care possible. Upon admission the Hospitalist will work with your primary care doctor so that we have all the information needed to care for you during your stay including: your current condition, medical records, and a detailed medical history. Throughout you or your loved ones hospitalization the primary care physician will receive updates on the progress of the patient and be able to help guide the plan of care.
What happens after I’m discharged from St.Vincent?
Since Hospitalists don’t have an office practice, once discharged you will be returned to the care of your primary care physician. When a Hospitalist discharges a patient, the primary care doctor is sent the discharge paperwork and any other important information about your hospitalization. The Hospitalist team will help arrange follow-up care and prescribe the necessary medications but ultimately it will be at the discretion of your primary care physician as to how soon they would like to see you in their office. At St.Vincent we believe in treating the entire patient and family through mind, body and spirit.