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 What is a Hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a medical provider who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Some hospitalists are specialists trained in pulmonary/critical care medicine, cardiology, or other sub-specialties.

During your stay at Scotland Memorial Hospital, members of our hospitalist team may provide your medical care. These team members:

  • Closely monitor your condition
  • Order tests and medications
  • Bring in medical or surgical specialists as needed
  • Keep your personal physician, as well as you and your family, well informed

Your Hospitalist knows every specialist on our medical staff and every department in the hospital. These relationships aid in providing the most efficient care for you. He or she will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based on those test results.

Benefits of The Hospitalist Service
With members of our hospitalist service managing your care, you have the benefits of:

  • Receiving high-quality care all day, every day
  • Seeing a medical provider as often as needed
  • Having a doctor more readily available to talk with you and your family

During the day, your hospitalist team member is never more than a few minutes away. Because they work in the hospital, you may see him or her more than once a day, if needed. Good communication is one of the keys to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

What Happens If You Are Admitted to the Hospital?
At the time of your hospital admission, your primary care provider will call the Scotland Memorial Hospitalist Service to inform the provider of your condition. Your primary care provider will then send your records to the hospital to provide as much information as possible about your illness. The process is similar to what your physician does when he or she refers you to a specialist for another opinion or for additional tests and treatment. During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and office physician will talk further regarding your treatment. 

Working with a hospitalist team is a win-win situation for both our patients and our physicians. Because of our hospitalist service, your physician can provide care to his or her patients in the office with fewer delays and interruptions. This allows your physician to devote more time to keeping you, your family, and other patients healthy.

When You Leave the Hospital
Upon your discharge from the hospital, the hospitalist will send a detailed report to your primary care provider describing the treatment you received and any further treatment needs. The hospitalist will provide you with any necessary prescriptions and will arrange for you to go back to see your primary care provider.

Scotland Regional Hospitalist Group has full-time providers on staff to provide inpatient care at Scotland Memorial Hospital.

Contact Us
If you require more information about Scotland Memorial Hospital's Hospitalist program, please call 910-291-6904.