About Us

The Medical-Surgical Unit at North Hawaii Community Hospital is focused on patient safety and satisfaction and high-quality care through a unique patient-centered model of care. Patient care is provided to all ages and is focused not only on the patient but incorporates the ohana (family), as well. Our dedicated staff recognizes that family members are an important part of our patients' healing process. We welcome the involvement of the patient’s family to provide care and support throughout all aspects of their loved ones stay with us.


A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients during their stay in the hospital. The hospitalist's primary focus is internal medicine, which involves the medical care of a patient from the time of admission until the patient leaves the hospital.

What Is The Role of a Hospitalist?

The hospitalist reviews a new patient's past medical records, consults with primary care physicians, 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 have several 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 soley on caring for patients admitted to the hospital.

How Does a Hospitalist Work With My Primary Care Provider?

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 them and discuss their care with the hospitalist during their hospital stay. All pertinent information regarding a patient's hospital stay will be shared with their primary care provider.

Benefits of a Hospitalist

Throughout a pateint'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 should there be any medical emergencies during a patient’s stay in the hospital. If you need to speak to a hospitalist, simply ask one of our nurses to page him or her.

What Happens After Discharge from the Hospital?

After patients are discharged, follow-up care should be discussed with their 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.