Hospitalists: Here’s why they are extremely valuable

Hospitalists: Here’s why they are extremely valuable

Doctor taking patient's blood pressureDear TMH: Why is it that many of the doctors don’t have hospital privileges, and what happens when one enters the hospital where their primary can’t do treatment.

Answer: Historically primary care physicians took care of their patients in their office and the hospital when they would come to be admitted. Now over the last decade, there’s been a shift where primary care physicians mainly stay in their office to practice during the day and a second group of physicians that specialize in hospital medicine will take care of their patients for them when they're in the hospital. What you can expect when this occurs is for a hospitals physician to meet you in the emergency department or in the hospital to get your admitted and usually about once a day you’ll be rounded on by that physician or physician team through your hospital stay. Upon discharge from the hospital, care will be coordinated with your own primary physician so there remains continuity of care. The hospitalists physicians specializes in hospital medicine so there is an advantage to having someone in the hospital all day that can respond to needs that you may have while you’re in the hospital and your primary care physician, it frees them up to be available in the office when you need follow up visits.

- Mark Wheeler, M.D., Hospitalist

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