What is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are hospital-based Physicians who focus on providing comprehensive medical care of hospitalized patients. They are responsible for coordinating all aspects of inpatient care during a hospital stay.
Virginia Hospital Center has successfully implemented a hospitalist program since 2007. If you are admitted, Virginia Hospital Center hospitalists will work closely with your primary care doctors and other specialists during your inpatient stay.
Our hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine doctors who see you when you are admitted, care for your needs and coordinate your care with your primary care physician (PCP) after discharge. While your PCP may not see you while you are in the hospital, your hospitalist will keep them well informed of your progress.
The hospitalist program is an excellent addition to the health services provided by Virginia Hospital Center and advances our mission to provide you with excellent and safe care when you need it most.
Patients of VHC will have access to a Hospitalist 24 hours a day. Hospitalists are familiar with all aspects of the hospital and its staff and can answer questions and address any concerns.
Continuity of Care
While you are hospitalized, Hospitalists work with all the Physicians on your medical team to coordinate and improve the efficiency of your care and decrease the amount of time you stay in the hospital.
Communication with your Primary Care Physician
Your Primary Care Physician is the one doctor who knows everything about your health. Your PCP knows your personal and family medical history, has the resources available to help you make lifestyle changes, and knows when to recommend appropriate tests and screenings. If admitted to the Hospital, our Hospitalists will communicate directly with your Primary Care Physician to assure personalized, top-quality patient care.