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Questions and Answers about our Hospitalist Program

Who Refers to the Hospitalist Program?

Many of the Primary Care Physicians (PCP) within Sansum Clinic utilize the services of our Hospitalists. It is also common for other specialists to consult Hospitalists to assist in your care.

How Does the Hospitalist Program Benefit Me?

As a patient, you experience multiple benefits from our Hospitalist Program. First, you benefit from a team of physicians that dedicate their practice to inpatient medicine. They are readily available during the day to coordinate your ongoing care.

In case of changes in your medical status, we have arranged for a Hospitalist to be available every hour of every day. The Hospitalists work closely with other members of the medical team to ensure that you receive the best care. Since the inception of our Hospitalist Program, we have experienced improved physician/staff and physician/patient communication. Additionally, we have increased the number of available outpatient appointment slots, improving access for you and our other patients.

What Happens When I Leave the Hospital?

As your medical condition dictates, a Hospitalist will meet with you to discuss your medical needs when you are released from the hospital. Often other members of your care team, such as a Case Manager, may also be in contact with you and your family.

Once the level of care you will need when you leave the hospital is determined, your Hospitalist will assist your Case Manager in arranging for any ongoing care. Examples include arranging for home care needs, transferring to another facility, or being discharged home.

A comprehensive care plan will be developed prior to your discharge, which includes your medications, any therapy or nursing needs, as well as recommendations for possible future medical needs. Your PCP will also be notified of your release from the hospital and he or she will see you shortly after you are discharged.

Does My Primary Care Physician or Specialist Know About My Hospital Care?

Your PCP or attending specialist will be notified by phone when you are discharged from the hospital. Any critical medical information will be verbally communicated to your PCP at that time. Additionally, a comprehensive summary of your hospital stay (called a discharge summary) will be sent to your PCP.

How Soon Should I See My Primary Care Physician or Specialist?

A Hospitalist will coordinate your ongoing medical needs with your PCP. Together they will determine the best time for your next appointment. In general, the Hospitalist Program recommends seeing your PCP within 7 to 10 working days of your release from the hospital.