When you require hospitalization, your regular physician or an Emergency Department physician will coordinate your admission with a doctor who specializes in caring for hospital patients. This doctor is called a Hospitalist, a title that combines the words “hospital specialist.”
Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients while they’re in the hospital. They work with your primary care doctor, and at the end of your stay, they give your doctor a summary of all the tests and recommendations you were given while you were hospitalized.
Hospitalist Services We Offer
The Hospitalist works closely with hospital staff to coordinate and provide your hospital care, including all diagnostic tests such as X-rays, lab tests or other procedures. Hospitalists also take care of the following:
- Arrange any specialty care, therapy or consultations with other specialists
- Establish a relationship with you and your family
- Facilitate the transition of your medical care back to your own physician, who will resume the responsibility for your medical treatment after you leave the hospital
- Arrange a post hospital follow-up appointment for you if you do not have a primary care physician.
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