Hospitalists are doctors who take care of hospital patients.
Hospitalists are internal medicine specialists who are experts in treating acute illness in the hospital.
Will I see my regular doctor when I am in the hospital?'
Some physicians see their own patients, but an increasing number have hospitalists care for their patients.
Why would my doctor want me to see a hospitalist?
Hospital care has become very specialized and complex. Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day. They keep up on the latest advances in hospital medicine, and they do stay in close touch with with your regular doctor.
How can my family and I communicate with the Hospitalists?
Hospitalist see you at least once a day, and more if needed. This is the best time to ask any questions about your care. During the day, hospitalists can be paged or you can always ask your nurse to contact your hospitalist.
What will happen when I leave the hospital?
The hospitalist contacts your own personal physician or make arrangements for your follow-up care.