At St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care. To ensure our patients receive this kind of care, we often rely on the medical expertise of hospitalists.
What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are residency-trained, board-certified physicians who specialize in taking care of sick patients in the hospital. Our hospitalists are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and are ready to assume care as soon as a patient is admitted to the hospital.
What We Do
Once a hospitalist has been assigned to you, he/she is available for evaluations, treatments and consultations, while also keeping in close contact with your primary care physician. These highly-trained physicians focus only on patients needing care within our hospital, making them experts in treating complex medical problems seen regularly in hospitalized patients.
Often when a patient is hospitalized, the primary care physician is not immediately available due to scheduled office hours or significant patient load. Hospitalists work together with your private physician to care for you while you are in the hospital. Once you are ready for discharge, the hospitalist will release you back into the care of your primary care physician, along with all of your recent medical records and other pertinent information. If you do not have a primary care physician, our hospitalist teams will use the resources of the St. Joseph's system of care to make a referral for your continued care once you are discharged.
If you are seen by a hospitalist:
- Your primary care physician will have made the decision to use one of the two teams on our hospitalist service.
- You may be evaluated or treated either in the emergency room or after being admitted to the hospital directly from a physician's office.
- You will be in the hands of a residency-trained, board-certified physician throughout your inpatient stay.
- Every effort will be made to keep the same hospitalist team with you during your stay.
- A member of your hospitalist team will be available around the clock to assist with your treatment.
- Your primary care physician will have access to your admission information within 24 hours and a discharge summary when you leave the hospital — ensuring continuity of care.