Our Hospitalists Are Dedicated to Inpatient Care
Advantages to the Hospitalist Program include:
- Hospitalist Physicians are available at MGH 24 hours a day, Friday evenings through Monday mornings.
- Hospitalist Physicians are available throughout the weekend for family or patient concerns.
- Timely diagnostic interpretations ensure no delay in medical decision-making.
- Prompt and appropriate communication with your primary care physician during the inpatient stay ensures a smooth transition to follow-up care after hospital discharge.
Hospitalist Physicians Provide Vital Services
Hospitalist physicians provide a number of vital services at MGH depending on what would best serve the needs of the patient:
- Care for patients who are admitted through the Emergency Department.
- Admission and care of patients who are admitted by their primary care physicians to the hospital.
- Consultations for medical conditions for patients under sub-specialty care (such as an orthopedic surgery patient).
- Hospitalist services are provided to patients 18 years of age or older.
If your primary physician utilizes Hospitalist services for your inpatient admission, you can be confident that your primary care physician will be informed of the details of your stay – from admission through discharge. It is the goal of the Hospitalist Program to get patients healthy and back to their own doctors for follow-up care, as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact MGH&FC at (360) 426-1611 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614).
What is a Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and practices in the hospital, not in an office.
What is the role of a Hospitalist during my inpatient stay?
The Hospitalist’s job is to help stabilize and then improve your health as quickly as possible. Hospitalists coordinate care with a team of nurses, specialists, and other healthcare professionals to provide prompt, personal attention.
How do the Hospitalists work with my physician?
If your primary care physician – or out-of-area physician – utilizes the Hospitalist services for your inpatient stay, communication with your primary physician will occur from admission to discharge. The Hospitalist will also communicate with any specialist physician, as applicable.
What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist is available at MGH Friday evenings through Monday mornings. Hospitalists offer not only compassionate, but timely, care. Whether you have a question or you need urgent medical attention, Hospitalists are available to meet your needs. Hospitalists are devoted to the care of hospitalized patients, which means they are available for personal discussions with you about your care. Hospitalists are specialists in the care of hospitalized patients much the same way that cardiologists are specialists in the care of the heart.
What changes can I expect during a hospital stay?
If a Hospitalist is assigned to you, the most obvious change will be that your primary care physician will not be providing the inpatient care – the Hospitalist will. Hospitalists manage all aspects of the patient’s care, from time of admission until discharge from the hospital. They see patients in the ER, on the medical/surgical floor, and in the ICU, as well as in the hospital-based transitional/swing bed units.
How will I be billed for the Hospitalist service?
If a Hospitalist physician sees you while at MGH, you will receive separate charges for the inpatient physician and/or consultative Hospitalist services.
After I am discharged, and before I see my regular physician in his/her office for a post-hospital visit, who do I call if I have a question?
During your admission and through discharge, contact the Hospitalist with your questions. After discharge, contact your primary care physician. Remember, our Hospitalists provide information throughout your inpatient stay to your regular physician. Your physician should therefore be able to answer your questions.
What if I do not have a regular physician?
When a patient does not have a regular physician and has a medical condition that requires hospitalization, the patient will be seen by the Hospitalist’s staff while an inpatient. Prior to discharge, any needed referrals, and a post-hospital follow-up appointment with an area physician will be coordinated.
How long have Hospitalist Programs been around?
MGH began its Hospitalist Program early in 2006; however, the Hospitalist trend began nation-wide in the mid 1990’s. Hospital (Hospitalist) Medicine is now the fastest-growing medical specialty in the country, and is expected to continue to grow rapidly. Most leading hospitals in the country offer a Hospitalist Program.