When you're admitted to CGH Medical Center, you'll be introduced to a new member of your care team: a hospitalist. You might not be familiar with this role and what this professional can do for you, but once you understand the benefits of working with a hospitalist, you may wonder how you ever stayed in a hospital without the help of one.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor that specializes in acute care. These specialists know a great deal about how to help people recover when they're admitted to the hospital. And they're capable of performing the routine care you might need while you're in the hospital, such as:
- Ordering lab reports.
- Following up on test results.
- Adjusting treatments throughout your hospital stay.
- Communicating with you and your family about your recovery.
What does a hospitalist do to help?
Working closely with a hospitalist during your stay could help you to improve your health in ways you never thought possible. For example, hospitalists are readily available to answer all your questions, and they are knowledgeable about services at CGH Medical Center. Since they're not taking off-campus appointments or dealing with other patients that aren't in the hospital, they're always available to help you.
In addition, hospitalists work in concert with your primary care physician (PCP), ensuring that your doctor knows about the treatments you're receiving and the way in which you're healing. That could ensure that your doctor knows all about what happened while you were in the hospital, so there's less updating work for you to handle.
Your hospitalist also works as the primary point of contact for you, your family and your PCP. That streamlined communication helps to ensure that everyone knows what's happening with your care and your recovery, so there's less confusion and stress.
Find out more
Our hospitalists will be here to serve you in our Sterling hospital as soon as you're admitted—no appointment necessary. If you'd like to find out more about these professionals and their training, visit our provider directory.