A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients during their stay in the hospital. The hospitalist’s primary focus is providing medical care to a patient from the time of admission until the patient leaves the hospital. The Hospitalist reviews a new patient’s past medical records, notifies the primary care physician, and performs a comprehensive history and physical examination when a patient is admitted. The Hospitalist coordinates medical care while patients are admitted and is available to spend time with the patient and their family to discuss the patient’s care. The hospitalist also works with nurses, case managers, and other physicians to design and coordinate an individual treatment plan for each patient.
We are fortunate to have many highly qualified Hospitalists on staff, which means patients may have more than one Hospitalist manage their care during their stay. Hospitalists do not have a medical practice outside the hospital and focus solely on caring for patients admitted to the hospital.
When you are admitted, a Hospitalist on our staff will be your attending physician. Your Hospitalist will be in contact with your primary care physician and will work closely with any specialists, consulting physicians, case managers, social workers or other medical providers who may be involved in your care. Our Hospitalists lead the care team to ensure that you receive the highest quality care while you are in the hospital.
Hospitalists at The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu provide a high level of care to all patients, to help you heal faster. These physicians monitor your daily care to ensure that coordinated efforts during your stay get you back to an optimal level of health. As patients improve and daily medical care is no longer required, studies show that patients can often make a better recovery at home. When it is determined that you are ready to discharged, your primary care physician will be updated on your progress and discharge plan.
Throughout a patient’s hospital stay, a Hospitalist is available to each patient and their family as needed. He or she will discuss the plan of care with the patient and can provide further explanation to any questions regarding the care plan. The average length of stay for a hospitalized patient can be significantly lessened when care is managed and coordinated by the hospitalist team.
With Hospitalist coverage 24 hours a day, there is continuous oversight of care. If you need to speak to a Hospitalist, simply ask one of our nurses to page him or her.
The Hospitalist is in charge of a patient’s care while in the hospital, but the patient’s primary care provider is welcome to check on him or her and discuss the patient’s care with the hospitalist during their stay. All pertinent information regarding a patient’s hospital stay will be shared with the primary care provider.
After patients are discharged, follow-up care should be discussed with the primary care physician regarding any further medical needs. If a patient does not have a primary care provider, the Hospitalist will refer the patient to a physician on the medical staff for follow-up and subsequent medical care.
A Hospitalist’s focus is on patients admitted to The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu. These physicians are able to:
Your Hospitalist will check in with you daily and work closely with you to care for you during your hospitalization. It is important to ask questions or voice concerns about your health care. If you need to speak with your Hospitalist, simply ask a nurse to contact them. At night, a Hospitalist is on-call within the hospital to respond to any urgent issues.
Because our Hospitalists keep a close eye on your care, combined with the vast range of services provided at The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu, you will heal more quickly. When it is determined that you are ready to be discharged, your primary care physician will be updated on your progress and discharge plan. Before returning home, our case managers and social workers can help to schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care physician and assist with other needs.
During your stay, your Hospitalist is partnered with a case manager and social worker, and they collaborate to ensure that your plan of care and discharge from the hospital runs smoothly. This eases your transition back to your daily home lifestyle and improves your continuity of care after you leave Queen’s.
If you are a patient, please contact your Hospitalist through your nurse. If you have any other questions about our Hospitalist services, please contact us through the address or phone number listed below.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.