Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of patients who are in the hospital. They are board-certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and treat a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions. Learn more
Hospitalists and Your Doctor - Working Together for You
The hospitalist's unique focus on inpatient and acute care is designed to reduce medical complications, increase patient safety and speed recovery.
Unlike primary care doctors, hospitalists are based within the hospital and do not have an outside medical practice. Available 24 hours a day, these specialists are able to respond quickly to patient's medical needs and spend more time talking to the patient and family about the patient's care.
Hospitalists' in-hospital focus also keeps them current on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances as well as hospital protocols and technology.
Hospitalists offer in-hospital care
- Are available 24 hours a day to care for patients and answer any questions about their treatment plan.
- Visit patients regularly and are a knowledgeable resource for patients, families and hospital staff.
- Coordinate all aspects of patient care during hospitalization.
- Schedule tests, prescribe medications and arrange for consultations with other specialists.
- Are part of an interdisciplinary team who work with physical therapists, case managers, respiratory therapists, dietitians, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals to assure that the patient receives the expertise needed throughout their stay.
- Respond to emergencies and quickly address a patient’s changing medical needs.
- Offer consultations and evaluations for surgery, psychiatry, OB/GYN and the Emergency Department
Where can I get more information?
Feel free to ask the hospitalist who cares for you, or call (203) 863-3840.
For Medical Professionals
Society of Hospital Medicine