Hospitalists’ Role in Patient Care

Primary Care Physicians choose hospital-based physicians, or Hospitalists, to manage the care of their patients hospitalized at United Regional.  Hospitalists are specialists in inpatient medicine – they are experts in caring for medically complex patients in the inpatient setting.  They help ensure safe and high quality care for the patients we serve.

Hospitalists are on site at United Regional seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Since they are hospital-based, your Hospitalist can rapidly coordinate your medical care and respond quickly to any changes in your condition.

What does a hospitalist do?

A hospitalist is involved in every aspect of your hospital stay, including:

• Assessing and treating your medical condition

• Coordinating and providing medical care, which may include working with medical and surgical consultants, physical and occupational therapists, discharge planners, dietitians, and clergy

• Ordering laboratory, X-ray and other diagnostic testing

• Providing regular care updates to you and your family

• Communicating frequently with your primary care physician regarding care and progress

• Coordinating discharge planning with physicians and hospital staff

• Transitioning you back to your primary care physician following hospitalization

If you have any additional questions, please discuss these with your physician.