Our focus at Southwest Medical Center is to provide quality healthcare close to home for our patients. We strive to accomplish this by offering the latest in medical technology and services while also employing excellent team members.
To further coordinate quality care in our facility, we have a hospitalist program in place to ensure all patients are treated promptly as needs arise during their hospital stay. By choosing Southwest Medical Center, you have chosen a facility that is focused on caring for you.
Our Hospitalist Team:
What is a Hospitalist?
The term “hospitalist” is used to describe physicians who specialize and devote their time to caring for patients who are in the hospital setting. The hospitalist works hand-in-hand with your primary care physicians, emergency department doctors, or other physicians who practice at the hospital to provide care during your
hospital stay. The hospitalist does not see patients outside of the hospital.
Many hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine physicians who have undergone the same training as other internal medicine physicians, such as board certification examination, residency training and medical school.
What does a Hospitalist do?
Hospitalists coordinate the care of patients in the hospital. They are the physicians that organize and direct
communication between different doctors caring for a patient and serve as the point of contact for physicians and patient care staff needing to know updates on a patient and what their comprehensive plan of care looks like. The hospitalist also works with the patient and their family to attend to emergencies and answer questions as they arise. They work to ensure you are receiving the best and most appropriate care. Our hospitalists also arrange for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged from Southwest Medical Center.
Why is a Hospitalist caring for me?
Your primary care physician may request that a hospitalist help coordinate your care during your hospital stay. This gives you the benefit of being seen by a doctor whose practice is entirely focused on the treatment of hospitalized patients. The hospitalist is available to you and your family to answer questions about your treatment options. Additionally, this program enables your primary care physician to be more available to you in their clinic as their time spent at the hospital is reduced. Because hospitalists are in the hospital most of the time, they are able to track test results and order necessary follow-up tests promptly.
What is the relationship between my physician and the Hospitalist?
These two physicians work very closely together. Your primary care physician provides information about your past health history to the hospitalist and these physicians will discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of your admission and discharge, the hospitalist prepares a report of findings and treatment plans that will be sent to your primary care physician. Your
primary care physician is always welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the hospitalist at any time during your hospital stay. When you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care physician.
What if I need a specialist?
In some cases, consultations from other physicians are necessary and the hospitalist will arrange for this as needed. If you have already been seeing other physicians, please let us know so we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.
How do I contact the Hospitalist?
If you would like to speak with the hospitalist while you are a patient at Southwest Medical Center, please ask your nurse to page him or her.