Hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine physicians who provide coverage at Community Westview Hospital for each inpatient unit – medical/surgical, acute rehabilitation and ICU. These physicians work specifically in a hospital setting and are trained to understand the special needs of patients who are hospitalized. Your hospitalist covers the care a patient would receive from admission to discharge. They focus on determining the most appropriate treatment and effectively managing the patient’s care. Hospitalists work to improve the quality and processes of care and ensure every patient receives the personalized medical attention they need. In addition, hospitalists can be available to meet with the patient and family to answer questions at convenient times.
Sometimes the complexity of a hospitalized patient requires coordination of several physician specialists who work around-the-clock to provide exceptional treatment. Hospitalists act as orchestra conductors who manage patient treatment and progress by working with other specialists and departments within the hospital, primary care physicians, and outside experts to provide the most comprehensive and streamlined care possible. They also communicate with the patient’s primary care physician to inform them of any follow-up treatments or medications the patient may need.
Patients can request to speak with their hospitalist when they visit the patient’s room or by simply making a request through the nursing staff.