Jackson Hole Hospitalists
Your Primary Care Provider While Staying in the Hospital
While your primary care physician acts as your regular point of contact
for nearly all of your medical needs, their busy schedules make it impossible
for them to facilitate every aspect of your care while in the hospital.
This is why many hospitals assign patients a hospitalist. A hospitalist
is essentially a primary care provider that exclusively cares for patients
in the hospital.
Hospital care often requires patients to see a variety of medical professionals,
which can be an overwhelming experience. To help alleviate any concerns,
your assigned hospitalist will coordinate between the various providers
so that you fully understand your inpatient care. .
The Hospitalist’s Role
St. John’s hospitalists specialize in general medicine for adult
patients. Their training covers a broad range of medicine so they can
handle the wide array of conditions that hospitals treat on a daily basis.
- A hospitalist’s duties may include:
- Ordering tests
- Consulting with medical specialists
- Recommending patient transfers
- Tracking a patient’s progress
- Prescribing medication
Additionally, a hospitalist should keep in contact with your primary care
provider so they can stay up to date on the state of your condition. This
collaboration is an important part of the process as hospitalists should
know more about the care you’ve received in the past, and your primary
physician should be caught up on your hospital treatments.
At St. John’s, hospitalists remain on call 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week in case of emergencies. Your hospitalist should become a familiar
face during your stay at the hospital. By working with a singular contact,
patients can cultivate a relationship with the hospital staff and feel
more comfortable bringing up questions and concerns regarding their care.