Introducing Gateway Community Health Center’s Hospitalist Program
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and whose practice is in the hospital, not in an office.
What is the role of a hospitalist during my stay?
Hospitalists assume the role of your primary care provider while you are in the hospital. In other words, your primary care provider will not care for you in the hospital, but he/she will resume responsibilities for your medical care after discharge.
What if my family has questions during my admission?
Hospitalists will be available to answer questions in person while at the hospital whenever possible.
What are the benefits of having a hospitalist?
Because hospitalists don’t have an outpatient practice, they are devoted to the care of hospitalized patients 24 hours a day.
How does the hospitalist work with my primary care physician?
From admission to discharge our hospitalists communicate with your primary care physician. At discharge, the hospital team sends important medical information about your hospital stay and discharge plan to your primary care physician. When you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will resume responsibilities for your medical care. You do not need to do anything differently; the hospitalist and your primary care providers will coordinate your care.
What will happen after I’m discharged?
Prior to discharge, the hospital staff will attempt to make an appointment for you with your primary care physician for follow-up care. As noted above, the hospitalist will work with your primary care provider to coordinate your care after discharge.