Hospitalist Medicine Program
To provide the best resources and care possible to you and your family, the Richland Hospital utilizes a
Hospitalist Medicine Program. Hospitalist physicians work collaboratively with medical and clinical staff to enrich the range of care we provide for patients during their hospital stay.
What is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are inpatient specialists responsible for a patient’s care and treatment during their stay in the hospital. They begin caring for the patient at hospital admission and continue throughout a patient’s stay, all the way to discharge. They coordinate communication between all of the physicians involved in your care, including your primary care physician and specialists.
- Order tests and procedures.
- Are committed to providing you with consistent and high quality care during your hospital stay.
- Are board certified or board eligible in their respective specialties, such as Internal Medicine or Family Medicine with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience.
What benefits do hospitalists provide?
- Hospitalists are dedicated exclusively to the care of hospitalized patients and practice medicine within the walls of the hospital. The hospitalist physician is always close by.
- They are available on-site seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and will see a patient more than once a day, if needed.
- Hospitalists are able to review the progress of a patient’s care frequently. They can follow-up on tests and adjust treatment as it is needed and based on test results or changes in condition or progress without delay.
- Hospitalists know and can easily coordinate care from specialists and departments to assist patients through a smooth and speedy recovery process.
- Hospitalists are dedicated to and able to respond to a change in a patient’s condition quickly.
- They are able to provide an immediate response to patients, family members, community physicians/specialists and hospital staff – even after discharge.
Will I be able to talk with the Hospitalist? Will the Hospitalist communicate with my family?
Absolutely! Our hospitalists know that being hospitalized is a stressful time for both the patient and their family members. Because they are in the hospital all day, hospitalists look for opportunities to speak with patients and family members face-to-face whenever possible. Our hospitalists provide honest and caring answers to patient and/or family member questions. They understand that good communication about care and treatment is essential.
What about my primary care physician…how does he or she fit in?
Primary care doctors refer patients to a hospitalist when a patient can no longer be cared for in an outpatient setting (in the physician office or clinic) and the patient requires hospitalization. The hospitalist will communicate the details of your condition during your hospital stay with your primary care physician. Following discharge from the hospital, each patient will return to the care of his/her regular, primary care provider.
How will I meet the hospitalist and how do I contact the hospitalist during my hospital stay?
Hospitalist care begins during the patient admission process and that care will continue all the way to discharge. Our hospitalists carry a local cell phone to enhance communication with patients, family members, staff and specialists.
The hospitalist’s name and number will be posted on the white board in your hospital room. You can also ask your staff nurse to contact the hospitalist. Your hospitalist is accessible to you 24/7 during your stay at The Richland Hospital, Inc.
This information is also available in this downloadable, printable, Hospitalist Medicine Program Brochure.