The Hospitalist Team at Bayshore Medical Center seeks to combine professional excellence with personal concern; to support you and your family during the challenges of illness and hospitalization; and to promote safety, quality and efficiency in your health care.
About Our Hospitalist Program
What is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are physicians who are dedicated solely to the care of patients while they are in the hospital. They are experts in the specialty area of hospital medicine and are available to our patients 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.
How are patients referred to a hospitalist?
Because hospitalists are physically in the hospital they are able to stay in close communication with you and your family, making them accessible for answering questions at more frequent and convenient times during your stay, therefore your primary care physician may have decided to partner with the hospitalists to manage your care while you are in the hospital.
If you were referred to the hospital by a specialist, such as a cardiologist or surgeon, they may have asked a hospitalist to coordinate your overall hospital care so they could focus on their particular area of expertise.
Additionally, if a patient comes through the Emergency Department in need of admission and does not have a primary care physician or your primary care physician is unavailable to come to Bayshore, they may be referred to a hospitalist to manage their care the way a primary doctor would.
The hospitalist caring for you will obtain a detailed history from you as well as your primary care physician, and stay in constant communication with them from the time you arrive until the time you leave. If your condition requires care from one or more specialists the hospitalist will work closely with them as well and if at all possible, the specialist consulted will be per the preference of your primary care physician.
What are the benefits of having a hospitalist physician?
Having access to a hospitalist for the duration of your stay means hospitalists are able to:
- Stay in close communication with you and your family and be accessible to answer questions
- Respond in person to changes in your condition or emergencies that may arise
- Act quickly on the results of tests or the recommendations of specialists
- Work closely with all members of your health care team, including your primary care physician
- Plan a smooth discharge home, rehabilitation, or your next destination
What happens when it is time to leave the hospital?
When the time comes for you to be discharged from the hospital your hospitalist will coordinate all of your needs and communicate directly with your physician to ensure a smooth transition. Because hospitalists only practice in the hospital it is important that you follow-up with your primary care physician upon discharge so they can continue to provide care to you once you leave the hospital.
Your Hospitalist Team will send a written summary of care to your physician and any specialists that may have been involved with your care. If you do not have a primary care physician the team can assist you in finding one or you can use our physician directory to find a physician in your area.
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