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Hospitalist

Caring for Hospitalized Patients

Hospitalists are physicians who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. They treat hospitalized patients who have been referred by primary care doctors, emergency department providers or other providers at the hospital. Hospitalists are based in the hospital and will manage and coordinate all aspects of your hospital stay at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, from admission until discharge. Hospitalists will work closely with your primary care doctor and any consulting providers involved in your care.

Why is a hospitalist caring for me?

Your primary care doctor has requested that a hospitalist be in charge of your care during your hospital stay. Your primary care doctor may still check on you and discuss your care with the hospitalist while you are in their care.

How does the hospitalist practice work?

The hospitalist will be in charge of your inpatient care and will see you every day while you are in the hospital. The hospitalist will be available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The hospitalist works at Deaconess Hospital full time to provide care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. The hospitalist may consult other physicians to participate in your care as well.

What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care doctor?

Your primary care doctor will provide your hospitalist with information about your past health history and they will discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is then sent to your regular doctor. Communication continues between the hospitalist and your primary care doctor throughout your hospital stay.

What if I need another specialist while in the hospital?

Your hospitalist will arrange for any necessary consultations from other providers or specialists. If you have already been seeing other physicians at Deaconess Hospital or elsewhere, be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.

What happens to my care at discharge?

Since the hospitalist does not have an office-based practice, you will continue care with your primary care doctor upon your discharge. The hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need and you may be asked to make an appointment with your regular doctor. You are welcome to contact the hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.

What if I don’t have a regular primary care provider?

The hospitalist or any other staff at Deaconess Hospital can assist in finding a doctor for you to see after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this doctor.

Will I receive a bill from the Hospitalist Group?

When you are hospitalized, you will receive at least two sets of bills: one for hospital services and other(s) for each doctor providing care. So, yes, you will receive a bill from the hospitalist, as well as from any other treating providers. The bill you receive will be an itemized accounting of the services provided to you by the hospitalist during your hospitalization. With this statement, you’ll be able to review the services provided and verify your billing and insurance information.

Contact Us

For more information, please call 509-458-5800.