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What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician who focuses on providing quality medical care to hospitalized patients. From the time a patient is admitted to the time the patient is discharged, a hospitalist works closely and communicates with the patient, his or her family members, primary care physician and any necessary specialists involved to provide coordinated, seamless care.

Why have hospitalists?

Hospitalists provide inpatient care in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort. This makes care more efficient for patients and their primary care doctors. For years, physicians cared for patients in their offices, and then juggled their schedules to travel to the hospital to check on any patients they had admitted.

Hospitalists, by contrast, see no non-hospitalized patients, nor do they continue caring for hospitalized patients after they leave the hospital. But they communicate closely with your primary care or other physician at admission, during your hospital stay and at discharge to ensure the primary care physician is engaged in planning your care in the hospital.

HealthAlliance’s Hospitalist Service

Our hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine specialists who have additional training or experience in caring for hospitalized patients. The Hospitalist Service consists of one daytime and one nighttime service. There is no difference in the level of service provided on weekdays and weekends. We offer 24/7 coverage. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are an integral part of the service. Nurse practitioners work in collaboration with hospitalist physicians. Physician assistants practice under the supervision of hospitalist physicians. NP’s and PA’s take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays, and diagnose and treat conditions.

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