What is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are highly qualified physicians specializing in Internal Medicine. They have dedicated their experience and expertise to hospital medicine, which places them in a unique position to care for acutely-ill hospitalized patients. They are responsible for your care for the duration of your stay in the hospital—this can include identifying and communicating with other specialists to ensure you get the care you need. Hospitalists can also help you and your family better understand your illness, treatment options, and recovery. A member of the hospitalist team is available 24 hours, seven days a week to address any acute medical issues in the hospital. Above that, their daily duties are to perform patient rounds, monitor progress, review test results, and address treatment changes as necessary.
Two groups of hospitalists work at MedStar Southern Maryland, divided into two shifts to ensure coverage of all patients, 24-7, by experts in providing care on the hospital floors. Our MedStar hospitalists come from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Your hospitalist will:
- Serve as a liaison between you and your primary care physician, and depending on your condition, your hospitalist and primary care physician may stay in contact to determine your treatment and progress while you are hospitalized.
- Coordinate patients' plan of care while in the hospital with family and all other physicians and clinicians who may have referred or treated the patient.
- Met with family members, follow-up on test results, answer nurses' questions and assure a patient's care is going according to plan.
- Participate in physician follow-ups regarding a patient's hospital stay
- Prep discharge instructions that prepare patients to continue to heal after they leave the hospital.
You may see more than one hospitalist during your stay, but they will be communicating with each other to keep updated with your clinical condition. The goal of our hospitalist team is to provide exceptional quality care and the best possible patient experience.
As the name suggests, hospitalists only work with you while you are hospitalized. After hospital discharge, you will return to the care of your primary care physician who would be informed about clinical details about your hospital stay. The aim is to decrease an interruption in your recovery.