There was a time when primary care physicians made it a point to routinely stop by the bedside of their hospitalized patients to make sure they were receiving the proper care. But while the need remains, the demands on primary care physicians are such that this kind of personal attention just isn't practical any more. Recognition of the importance of having in-hospital physician care has given rise in recent years to a new category of doctor – the "hospitalist".
Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to caring for hospitalized patients. Their goal is to assist patients through a smooth recovery process by managing and coordinating all aspects of their care, putting their training, experience and expertise to work in an effort to ensure that patients enjoy positive outcomes.
The Hospitalist Program at Lawrence General Hospital provides proof of the value of the concept.
If you are hospitalized, hospitalists are on site seven days a week to provide you with ongoing and immediate care. They work in partnership with your physician to provide the highest standard of care during your hospital stay, from admission to discharge.
The benefits of our Hospitalist Program include:
- If you are acutely ill, a hospitalist is available, usually on short notice, to assess your condition and direct your care.
- If you're admitted through the Emergency Department, a hospitalist can help expedite admission.
- A hospitalist is on hand frequently throughout the day to assess your condition and follow up on lab and radiological work. This can lead to more prompt and efficient treatment and may, in turn, decrease the risk of adverse outcomes and length of stay.
- A hospitalist will provide your physician with compete information on your hospital stay and recommended post-hospital care.