Trinity's Hospitalist Program provides full-time physician coverage for our patients in the hospital from time of admission until discharge.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor whose primary focus is caring for hospitalized patients. They work entirely within a hospital setting to coordinate care throughout a patient's hospital stay. Although they do not see patients in clinics or other outpatient settings, hospitalists do keep in contact with primary care physicians to provide continuity of care once patients are out of the hospital.
Does the hospitalist replace my primary care provider?
No. The hospitalist serves as the temporary manager of your care while you are hospitalized. The hospitalist coordinates care, orders and evaluates tests, adjusts medications, makes necessary referrals, answers questions and updates family members. After your discharge from the hospital, you will return to your usual primary care provider.
Benefits for patients
24/7 Physician Access. Physician care is available around the clock, seven days a week.
Expedited Care. Because hospitalists are based at the hospital, they can make quicker decisions about a patient's care as situations arise. For example, they can modify treatment or follow up on a test result "on the spot."
Patient/Family Follow-Up. Since hospitalists practice on-site in the hospital, they are more readily available to answer questions and consult with patients and their families. No longer do they need to wait until their physician makes rounds to receive information about their loved one's care.
Post-Care. Hospitalists are familiar with all of the key individuals in the hospital, including medical and surgery consultants, discharge planners, clergy and others. They can facilitate connections with post-acute providers, such as home health care, skilled nursing care, specialized rehabilitation and others.
What value do hospitalists provide to the physician community?
A Hospitalist supports primary care providers by caring for their hospitalized patients. This allows primary care providers to focus more intently on their clinic or office patients, knowing that their in-hospital patients are receiving the best care possible. Hospitalist programs also help recruit other physicians to a community by assuring them that they will not be overburdened by having to care for very sick hospital patients in addition to looking after the health of their patients in a busy clinic practice.
Will a hospitalist have my medical information?
Yes. A hospitalist obtains your medical history from you and your physician. The hospitalist continues to communicate with that physician as needed, alerting him or her to significant changes in your condition. In addition, your primary care provider has electronic access to your records throughout your hospital stay so that the information is available for your follow-up appointments.