Sturdy Memorial Hospital uses "Hospitalists" as part of the inpatient health care team for its medical patients and for surgical patients with medical needs. The Hospitalists work with emergency department physicians, nursing staff, and other critical members of our health delivery team to provide efficient, quality care from admission to discharge.
What is a "Hospitalist"?
A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the medical care of patients who are in the hospital. Hospitalists are trained the same way as primary care physicians (PCPs). They attend medical school and complete residency training, usually in Internal Medicine.
The Hospitalists at Sturdy Memorial manage all aspects of a patient's care in the hospital, such as ordering tests, prescribing medications, monitoring results and progress, and readying them for discharge. They are considered to be the leader of the hospital health care team and see their patients at least once a day while they are here. If you or a member of your family needs to speak to the Hospitalist assigned to you, that can be arranged through your nurse.
Keeping In Touch With Your Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician will resume responsibility for your care after you leave the hospital. To ensure your PCP knows what occurred while you were here, we will make sure he or she gets the details of your stay and appropriate hospital records, including post-discharge plans and medications.
Approximately 75 percent of all hospitals in the United States have hospitalist programs, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. Since you never know when you or someone in your family will need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment, we encourage you to talk to your primary care physician about Hospitalists. He or she can help alleviate any concerns you may have.