Mather's hospitalists are Internal Medicine or Family Medicine physicians who areboard certified or board eligible. Hospitalists are solely dedicated to providing medical care to acutely ill hospitalized patients. They do not maintain community-based practices. The hospitalist coordinates care with all specialists involved and with the overall healthcare team and provides the patient with regular updates regarding progress. The primary care physician is notified when the patient is admitted and when the patient is discharged. At discharge, the patient’s personal physician resumes his or her medical care.
One advantage of having a hospitalist manage a patient’s care is that they are highly expert in caring for complicated hospitalized patients. They are also more available to meet with family members, follow up on tests, answer nurses' questions and simply deal with problems that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan and to explain test findings to patients and family members. Since there is hospitalist coverage 24 hours, they are able to track critical test results and order necessary follow-up tests promptly.
Since the hospitalist's "office" is the hospital, they are also more familiar with the hospital's policies and activities. Many hospitalists are involved in various hospital committees and assist in improving important areas such as patient safety, medical error reduction, effective communication between physicians and staff, and cost effective patient care.
For more information contact the Hospitalists at 631-686-7654.