Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift away from primary care physicians visiting the hospital, toward a model in which hospital-based physicians, called hospitalists, manage your care while staying in the hospital. In fact, the hospitalist field has now become the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine, skyrocketing from 1,000 physicians nationally in the mid-90s to more than 28,000 today.
At Nevada Regional Medical Center, the program is designed to support your primary care physician by allowing him or her to focus on seeing patients in their
office. Hospitalists are specialized in the care of hospitalized patients and bridge the gap between hospital care and your referring physician. They will partner with
physicians throughout the community as an extension of their practices to provide you, the patient, hospital care.
How does it work?
If a patient is admitted through the ER, a hospitalist will be assigned to care for that patient if the primary care physician does not provide inpatient care.
The primary care physician may request that a hospitalist care for the patient during their stay. If a surgeon or specialist admits a patient, a hospitalist may also
be requested to see the patient in consultation.
A hospitalist is available 24 hours a day, with doctors rotating shifts. This means that a hospitalist can respond quickly to a patient’s needs. Upon discharge, all follow-up care is transferred back to your primary care physicians.
Will my Doctor know about my care?
The goal of the hospitalist medicine model is to provide a coordinated approach to the care of patients staying in the hospital.
Communication is essential to the successful relationship between your physician and the rest of the clinical team involved in your care. Your primary care doctor will receive important information about your hospital diagnosis and treatment in the form of a discharge summary.
Please visit with your primary care physician and discuss if he/she provides inpatient care.