Since all of their time is dedicated to patient care within our hospitals, our hospitalists also have an in depth knowledge of our hospitals including the key departments, available technology, and internal and external specialists and resources that they can incorporate in order to provide well-orchestrated and special care to all hospitalized patients. Patients can often see a reduced length of stay in our hospitals, which in turn improves patient satisfaction and quality of care. Overall, hospitalists can provide patients with better and faster care, less unnecessary tests, less discomfort and a better overall hospital experience.
Hospitalists do not replace your primary care physician; instead, they work with your primary care physician in order to ensure that you receive the best possible care and treatment when you are in our hospitals. We will inform your primary care physician about your admission, and at discharge, we will communicate with them again to discuss further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up, and prescribe necessary medications. We are in constant communication with your primary care physician, and we encourage patients to follow up with their primary care provider after discharge from the hospital.
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists do not see patients outside the hospital, so they are able to give complete attention to you. They are available to respond quickly and efficiently to your medical needs and any changes in your condition that may require a new medication, a test or procedure. Our hospitalists work collaboratively with our nurses and other clinicians/specialists to coordinate your care efficiently and effectively.
The hospitalists are focused on providing you with as much information as possible about the care you are receiving. You can reach us via our answering service at 310-388-6798. There will be a physician available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions that arise. In addition, the nurses that will be taking care of you during our hospital stay work closely with the hospitalists, and they can answer many of your questions, or they can call us for assistance.
We encourage you to have a post-discharge follow-up appointment with your primary care physician's office. Your outpatient physician has access to the hospital medical records, and therefore can easily follow-up on any pending lab/imaging results and address any problems that arise after discharge. Your primary care physician will review your health status and reconcile your medication list to ensure a safe transition. If you do not have a primary care physician, we can assist you with finding a high quality primary care doctor.