Granville Health System Hospitalist Program
Balvinder Kumar, MD
When you are a patient at Granville Medical Center, you may sleep better knowing that there is a hospitalists program dedicated to helping you and your family. GHS Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet all your medical needs, from admission to discharge, while you are in the hospital.
What is a hospitalist?
During your stay at Granville Medical Center, members of the Hospitalists Service Team will take care of you and your family members. Hospitalists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists do not maintain office practices. Instead, they specialize in caring for patients during their stay in the hospital. Our hospitalists are board certified in internal medicine, and medically manage every aspect of your hospital care. They manage patients in all areas of the hospital, including the intensive care units, medical units and surgical units.
Why are hospitalists taking care of me instead of my regular doctor?
Our hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike family physicians, they are hospital-based, and able to immediately respond to test results, studies, or unexpected changes in your condition at any time, day or night. The hospitalists are readily available to you and generally can respond quickly whenever you or a family member has a question or concern. You have the benefit of accessible, high-quality care all day, every day. The hospitalists program affords personal physicians more time to focus on their patients during office visits. Through coordination with our hospitalists, your physician will be kept up-to-date on your care while you are in the hospital—allowing both physicians to provide you with superior care and customer service. For surgical patients, the hospitalist can provide invaluable insight and care.
Ajai Shreevatsa, MD
What other benefits do the hospitalists have?
GHS hospitalists are familiar with the physicians on our staff, and those at surrounding referral hospitals, who provide specialized treatments and care. The hospitalists work closely on a daily basis with the nurses in our hospital, which creates trust, teamwork, and an atmosphere for great patient care. There is constant communication between the care team to make sure you are receiving the best care possible. This process is similar to the way your family physician communicates with the hospital staff and specialists when you need additional tests or treatments.
How will my doctor know what care I received while I was in the hospital?
When you check out of the hospital, a detailed report will be sent to your family physician describing the treatment you received in the hospital and any further needs you might have. The hospitalists will provide you with any prescriptions you may need. They will also arrange your follow-up appointment with your family physician so all necessary further treatment may continue.
Will I continue to see the hospitalists for care after I leave the hospital?
Because our hospitalists take care of you only while you are in the hospital, you will not see them for outpatient care once you leave the hospital. You will continue seeing your regular family physician. However, if you are admitted to Brantwood Nursing Center or Oxford Manor Nursing Home, the hospitalists will continue seeing you for follow-up care.
• Works closely with your family physician at the time of your admission
• Orders diagnostic tests and medications
• Closely monitors your condition
• Makes treatment decisions
• Coordinates your care among other members of the hospital’s medical staff
• Keeps you, your family, and your personal physician informed of your progress