How do I get assigned to a hospitalist?
When you are admitted to Lawrence General, your physician contacts the hospitalist on duty and provides him or her pertinent information about your illness, health history and any special needs you may have.
What if I enter the hospital through the Emergency Department?
If that case, the ED will assign a hospitalist to you. He or she in turn will contact your physician, let him or her know about your condition and continue to communicate with your physician throughout your hospitalization.
What hours do hospitalists work?
Hospitalists are available on patient floors from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every day, and a physician from the team is on call 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
Will I see the same hospitalist every day?
If you're hospitalized for an extended stay, you'll probably see more than one. The hospitalists work as a team and coordinate care to make sure information is shared and updated.
Can members of my family talk to the hospitalists if they have questions about my care?
Absolutely. One of the benefits of the Program is that a hospitalist is on hand during the day to respond to you and your family. During the late evening and overnight hours, one is on call to provide care should a critical issue arise.
What happens when I'm discharged? Is my primary care physician brought back into the loop?
Yes, the hospitalist will provide a referral to your primary care physician following your discharge in order to ensure continuity of care.