What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital and who does not have an outpatient medical practice. Most hospitalists are general internal medicine physicians, while some are trained as specialists in pulmonary/critical care medicine, cardiology or other subspecialties.
Many primary care physicians are referring their patients to a hospitalist when they are too sick to be cared for in the outpatient setting. During your hospital stay, a hospitalist will see you. You will see your regular doctor soon after discharge from the hospital.
Because they are onsite, hospitalists are never more than a few minutes away. Your hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital and will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimens as needed.
Hospitalists talk to primary care physicians frequently. At the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician calls the hospitalist to provide information on your condition and sends records to provide as much information as possible about your illness. The process is similar to when your physician refers you to a specialist for another opinion or for additional testing and treatment. At discharge, your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up and prescribe the necessary medications, and send your hospital records to your primary care physician.
Pediatric hospitalists provide care for hospitalized children up to age 18 and are available for area pediatricians and family physicians to use when pediatric patients are admitted into Firelands. Their services include:
Newborn care for healthy term newborns and preterm newborns who may need special medical attention
Pediatric care of hospitalized children with conditions including, but not limited to, asthma, dehydration, diabetes and seizure and special healthcare needs.
Once discharged from the hospital, pediatric patients under the pediatric hospitalists’ care will resume follow-up care with their pediatrician or family doctor. Many cases that previously would have needed to be referred to other facilities more than one hour away are now able to remain at Firelands Regional Medical Center under the care of the pediatric hospitalists.