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 allows 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.
What other benefits do the hospitalists have?
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.