What Is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are medical physicians whose job is providing general medical care to hospitalized patients. At Halifax Regional Medical Center, hospitalists partner with your primary care physician to provide you with the highest quality care during your hospital stay.
Advantages of the hospitalist program include:
- 24-hour inpatient coverage. There is always a hospitalist in the Medical Center so questions can be answered quickly and patient care is a clear priority.
- See a familiar face . Hospitalists at Halifax Regional work seven consecutive days so they usually see the same patients throughout their hospital stay.
- Get more personal attention. At Halifax Regional, hospitalists often spend more time with patients than a general physician because they are on-site.
- More convenient care. Hospitalists are more familiar with the Medical Center than a physician, so they know where facilities and staff members are, and what has to be done to provide the care their patients need.
Halifax Regional Hospitalists
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why doesn’t my regular physician see me in the hospital?
A: Doctors who have to go back and forth between patients in the hospital and patients in the office find it difficult to give enough attention to both. Your primary care provider can now spend more time with patients in the office because there is a trusted team physician caring for their patients in the hospital.
Q: Will the hospitalist talk to my family about my care?
A: Unless you do not want the hospitalist to speak with your family, it is natural to include the family in the discussion of a loved one’s care. However, we ask you to choose a spokesperson for your family so the hospitalist is not asked to review the loved one’s care with each individual family member.
Q: Will my primary care doctor know that I’m in the hospital?
A: All primary care physicians have access to the hospital system and can see when their patients enter the hospital. This information is only available to your doctor if you to identify you primary care provider at the time you are registered at the hospital. Once the primary care provider is identified, a summary of your stay at the hospital is sent to the physician, and the hospital staff will call your primary care doctor and arrange for a follow-up appointment for you.
Q: Will the hospitalist know about my medical history?
A: The hospitalist will find out about your medical history by talking to you or a family member, retrieving previous hospital records or by calling your primary care physician.
Q: What if I need the hospitalist during the night?
A: Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day. If you need a hospitalist during the night, the nurse will call him/her for you.
Q: Will I get a separate bill for the hospitalist services?
A: Yes, you will receive a bill for your hospital charges, and a separate bill for the care the hospitalist provided for you while you are in the hospital.
Q: What if I have more than one hospitalist?
A: You may see more than one hospitalist during your stay depending on how long you are in the hospital. The hospitalists prefer to take care of their patients throughout their entire stay whenever possible.
Q: What if I need forms filled out after I leave the hospital?
A: If there are forms that the hospitalist will need to complete, you can drop them off at Halifax Regional’s Medical Records department. Please allow three days for the form to be completed and returned to you.
Q: What if I have additional questions about the hospitalists?
A: Contact Tiffany Mose at (252) 537-8436.