Information for Patients
When you need to be admitted to LMH or MWH, your physician will contact one of the Hospitalists at the hospital. Your physician will tell them the reason you need to be admitted and important past medical information. The practice coordinator in the hospital office will ensure all medical records are available to the Hospitalist taking care of you.
During your stay at LMH or MWH, the Hospitalist will keep your physician involved and up to date. At the time of discharge, the Hospitalist will phone or email your doctor and a brief discharge note will be given to you and a summary will be faxed to your doctor’s office. A more detailed written discharge summary will also be sent to your physician’s office.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is a Hospitalist?
A. A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and whose practice is in the hospital not in an office. Our Hospitalists are trained in internal medicine. They are well-versed in the unique needs of the hospitalized patient.
Q. What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?
A. Our Hospitalists offer not only compassionate care but also timely care. Whether you have a question or you need urgent medical attention, our Hospitalists are available to meet your needs. Because these dedicated physicians don't have office hours, they are devoted to the care of hospitalized patients. This means they are available for personal discussions with you about your care.
Q. What is the role of a Hospitalist during my stay?
A. The Hospitalist’s job is to help you return home as quickly and as healthy as possible. Hospitalists do this by designing an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Hospitalists work with a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide this personal attention.
Q. How does the Hospitalist work with my physician?
A. From admission to discharge, our Hospitalists communicate with your physician. When you are discharged the Hospitalist will prepare a brief discharge summary, which will be faxed to your physician’s office. The Hospitalist will call or email your doctor to let him/her know you are going home.
Q. After I am discharged and before I see my regular physician in the office, if I should have a question who do I call?
A. During your admission and at the time of your discharge, the Hospitalist will be in contact with your PCP. They will have all the information necessary to answer your questions. If your doctor needs other information, they have direct access to the Hospitalist. If you should ever have a question, we will help you get the answers you need.
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