Hospitalists specialize in the care of patients admitted into the hospital. Clinton Memorial Hospital's Hospitalist program is designed to meet the broad needs of inpatient care. During the hospital stay, the hospitalist keeps in close contact with your primary care provider, if you have one. In most cases, direction is sought from your primary care provider in designing your discharge plan. Following discharge, your care will be transitioned back to your primary care provider. If you don't have a primary care physician, we will help you in setting a follow-up appointment with a provider accepting new patients.
Responsibilities of a hospitalist physician:
- Provide and coordinate quality inpatient medical care to all patients referred to our hospitalist program.
- Notify your primary care provider's office of your admission to the hospital.
- Confer with your primary care provider as necessary to ensure the best care possible.
- Consult appropriate specialties as needed for your care, and maintain referrals with your typical specialty care providers.
- Communicate with your and your family members as necessary to keep everyone involved and informed in your treatment plan.
- Notify your provider when you are discharged from the hospital. Relevant medical records, including discharge orders and discharge summaries, will be sent to provider's office.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care provider, or if you don't have one, set-up an appointment for you with a provider accepting new patients.