If you’re admitted to the hospital, you will not see your family
practice physician during your stay. Instead, your inpatient care will
be managed by a hospitalist, a physician specially trained to care for
patients in the acute care setting. The hospitalist directs your care
and reports your progress back to your physician, who will follow up with
you after you leave the hospital.
Inpatient care provided by hospitalists is now commonplace as physician
practices have become busier and inpatient care is more complex. While
there are some physicians who see their patients both in their office
and as inpatients, there are many others who prefer their hospitalized
patients be seen by a member of the hospitalist staff. Hospitalists also
provide care to inpatients who do not have a local physician.
We have hospitalist providers available to provide care 24-hours-per-day,
under the leadership of Gary J. Carver, MD, director of hospitalist medicine.