Frequently Asked Questions about Hospitalists
- What is a Hospitalist?
- Why is a Hospitalist Seeing Me?
- Will I Still See My Own Physician?
- How Should My Family and I Communicate with the Hospitalist?
- What Happens to Me After Discharge?
- Who Will Give Me Prescriptions for the New Medications Started in the Hospital?
- I've Left the Hospital, and I have a Problem. Who Do I Call?
A hospitalist is a physician specially trained to care for patients while they are hospitalized and who focuses on caring for special needs of patients in the hospital setting. Hospitalists are focused on patients with numerous complex medical problems that require acute inpatient care. Because they concentrate on just the hospital, they are able to devote all their efforts in the care of these hospitalized patients.
Today, many primary care providers or family physicians consult with hospitalists to care for their patients when the patient is admitted to the hospital. Hospitalists communicate with your family physician regularly during your hospital stay and as a team, they provide you with the best possible care.
The hospitalist physician focuses strictly on your care while you are in the hospital. This in turn makes your family physician more available to you in the office, rather than splitting time between the office and the hospital.
Your family physician may have formed a partnership with the hospitalists to better serve your medical needs, or you may not have yet chosen a family physician and the hospitalist sees you while you are in the hospital.
Your family physician will continue to care for you outside the hospital. The hospitalists will consult with and communicate with your family physician regularly to better care for your overall needs. The hospitalists are, in essence, your physician's partners here in hospital.
The hospitalists are focused on providing you with as much information as possible about the care that you are receiving. They are your partners in your care as much as your family physician. In addition, the nurses that will be taking care of you during your hospital stay work closely with the hospitalist and can also answer many of your questions. Both the hospitalists and nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When you are discharged from the hospital, the hospitalist will provide a detailed discharge report to your family physician. The report includes all the details of your hospital stay, including diagnoses, medications and all follow-up instructions. In addition, a representative from Sound Physicians' call center will be contacting you to discuss your hospital stay and follow-up care. All follow-up care will be handled by your family physician.
All new and old prescription information will be included in the discharge report provided to you and your family physician. The hospitalist will write any prescriptions required during your hospital stay.
The hospitalist is committed to your care while you are in the hospital. Once you have been discharged, please call your family physician.
Sound Physicians at Riverside Medical Center
400 N. Wall Street, Suite 302
Kanakee, IL 60901
Phone: (815) 936-6509
Fax: (815) 935-6565