Hospitalist FAQs for Patients

How does the Hospitalist Program work?

If you have a primary care physician when you are admitted, your doctor will inform the hospitalist about your condition.  During your stay, the hospitalist will stay in constant communication with your primary care physician with regular updates on your condition and care.

Hospitalists also provide care for patients who arrive at the emergency department and do not specify a primary care physician.

Why do I need a hospitalist?

Our hospitalists can assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on your tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based upon those test results.

Our hospitalist team is readily available to take care of you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since they only work in the hospital they can see you more then once a day if needed.

How do the hospitalists help the primary care physicians?

Our hospitalist team is in the hospital all day and all night long.  Using their services enables the primary care physician to be readily available to you in the office so you’re your primare care physician can devote more time to keep you and your family healthy.

How does the hospitalist know about me?

Hospitalists talk to your primary care physician on a frequent basis. Either at the time of the admission, your primary care physician calls the hospitalist and informs them about your medical condition or sends over the medical records to provide such information. During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment.

What happens when patients are discharged?

You will see your doctor soon after discharge. The hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further medical needs, help arrange the follow up, and send your hospital medical records to your primary care physician.

What if I don’t have a primary care physician?

If you do not have a primary care physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner in the community and are admitted to Valiyath Medicare Hospital, you may be admitted to our hospitalist service. One of our attending physicians will be responsible for your care for the duration of your hospital stay. Upon discharge from the hospital, we will refer you to a primary care physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner in the community for follow-up care.