Our Hospitalist Program Ensures a Physician is Always on Site at the Hospital
Hospitalists are specially trained physicians who work inside the hospital to treat the complex medical needs of our sickest patients. Their expertise in caring for complex disease and illness processes, such as sepsis, heart failure and diabetes, as well as ailments of the lungs, kidneys and digestive systems, improves outcomes for our patients. Members of the hospitalist team are board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics or other specialties.
Because our hospitalists work inside the hospital, they are available throughout your stay to answer questions from you and your family as they coordinate your care and make adjustments to the care plan based on laboratory and X-ray results.
Benefits of our hospitalist program
You'll find comfort in knowing that the hospitalists at Franciscan Health:
- Work collaboratively with key hospital staff - including medical and surgical consultants, discharge planners, clergy and other employees - which improves care.
- Are able to respond rapidly to problems that may arise during patient care.
- Partner with primary care physicians in coordinating specialized medical treatment for individual patients.
A teamwork approach to inpatient care
Hospitalists closely manage surgical patients in cooperation with surgeons, starting with pre-operative assessments and continuing throughout the patient's hospital stay to address any non-surgical issues that may arise, reducing the risk of surgical complications. Our hospitalists provide primary care services to all hospital patients, helping to enhance and ensure a comfortable stay and quality care. They do not take the place of a patient's primary care physician, but serve as in-hospital support for a patient's primary care needs.
How does the hospitalist program work?
If you are admitted to a Franciscan Health hospital, either through the emergency department or by referral from your primary care physician, you may be seen by a hospitalist. In some cases, your regular doctor will be able to check in with you during your stay at the hospital. More often than not though, you will be seen by a hospitalist instead. The hospitalist will remain in contact with your primary care physician and provide regular updates on your condition and care.
How do hospitalists help the primary care physician?
Our hospitalist team is in the hospital all day to answer any questions you may have about your healthcare needs. Using hospitalist services enables primary care physicians to be readily available to you in their outpatient offices, whereby devoting more time to keep you and your family healthy.
What happens when patients are discharged?
The hospitalist will work to assure a seamless transition between your inpatient stay and your outpatient spectrum of medical care. Upon discharge, you will be released to your primary care physician for ongoing care. Any questions or concerns after discharge from the hospital should be directed back to your primary care physician.