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Hospitalists

Hospitalist Care

Patients who are admitted to Lake Region Healthcare’s hospital are provided care by a Hospitalist during their stay.

What is a Hospitalist?

Patients who are admitted to Lake Region Healthcare’s hospital are provided care by a Hospitalist during their stay. Hospitalists are doctors who are experts in taking care of people in the hospital. They are internal medicine physicians who specialize in inpatient medicine and manage the care of hospitalized patients similar to the way primary care physicians manage the care of outpatients.

What will the Hospitalist Do?

The hospitalist manages your course of care while you’re in the hospital, coordinating and consulting with other specialties, closely monitoring your progress, and staying in close touch with you, your family and your doctor.

How does the Hospitalist work with my doctor?

Since primary care doctors spend most of the day at their clinic, they cannot always be at your bedside when emergencies or concerns arise. However, your regular physician is still kept in touch regarding your care.

When you are admitted to the hospital, your regular physician communicates with the hospitalist about your condition and transfers the management of your care to the hospitalist.

On your discharge from the hospital, the hospitalist will communicate with your doctor to plan your future course of care. This two-way communication between the hospitalist and your regular physician

enables a smooth transfer of care back to your regular physician. Your hospitalist will ensure that key information and a summary of your hospital stay will be in your regular physician’s hands well before your first

follow-up visit. After you leave the hospital any questions you have may be handled by your regular physician.

Why a Hospitalist?

Having a hospitalist is like having your doctor just down the hall from your room throughout your stay here. If you or family members have any questions or concerns, the hospitalist can be easily contacted any time.

Your hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital, ensuring timely follow-up on tests and treatments. The result is high quality care for you.