Hospitalists are fully trained, licensed internal medicine specialists who provide care for hospitalized patients and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to any changes in your condition.
Hospitalists work with your primary care doctor, surgeons, specialists, nurses, radiologists, therapists, pharmacists and others involved in your care.
The Hospitalist gives your primary care doctor updates on any changes in your condition during your hospitalization and makes dismissal arrangements for you, including prescribing any take home medications you may need.
When you leave the hospital, your Hospitalist calls your doctor and sends a summary report of your care. Your primary care doctor provides your follow-up care after you go home. If you do not have a doctor, you will be referred to one.