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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to get in touch with my hospitalist during my hospital stay?
The best way to contact your hospitalist is through your nurse.

What time will my hospitalist see me each day?
Our hospitalists see patients in the hospital all day every day. They try their best to see every patient as quickly as possible during the day; however, due to emergencies, visit times can sometimes vary. Your nurse can check with the hospitalist and usually provide an approximate visit time.

How many times per day will my hospitalist see me?
On a routine basis, your hospitalist will see you once a day. In emergencies, or when needed, our hospitalists are available to address any urgent situations 24 hours per day. Outside their individual visits with you, the hospitalists perform a significant amount of work coordinating your care between consultants, reviewing lab studies and keeping your primary care doctor informed of your care plan.

Will my primary care doctor be aware of my hospitalization?
Yes, your primary care physician will be aware of your hospitalization as well as any pertinent changes to your status. At the time of discharge, your hospitalist will relay important details of your follow-up care plan to your primary care doctor so that your transition from hospital to home will be as seamless as possible.

Will I see my primary care physician in the hospital?
No. Your primary care physician has entrusted your care to our hospitalists; however, they will be aware of your hospitalization from the time of your admission through discharge.

What happens after I am discharged from the hospital?
The hospitalists do not rewrite prescriptions after you are discharged from the hospital. Patients should contact their primary care physicians for refills.

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