What is a Hospitalist Program?

Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in caring for patients while they are hospitalized. At Wabash County Hospital, our Hospitalist Physicians have completed specialized training in internal medicine and are board certified or eligible by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They are experts in the hospital care system and are responsible for organizing all the care our patients receive during their stay.

Why is there a Hospitalist Program at Wabash?

The advantages of this new type of care include increased efficiency, cost-savings, and, most important, better patient care. For example, hospitalists are able to provide up-to-the-minute care, read test results immediately, and order different tests if necessary. In many cases, this may help prevent an unnecessary overnight stay. The Hospitalist Program at Wabash County Hospital provides assurance to both physicians and their patients that ongoing and immediate care will be provided throughout a hospital stay.

How does the Hospitalist Program work?

If a physician or specialist believes a patient needs to be hospitalized, he or she will coordinate admission with our hospitalist group. If a patient is admitted through the emergency department, his or her physician will be notified. Once admitted, our Hospitalist Physicians will be in charge of all patient care. They will:

· Assess and treat the medical condition

· Coordinate all hospital care

· Review progress with the patient’s primary care physician or specialist

· Establish a relationship with the patient, as well as his or her family

Why is a hospitalist caring for me instead of my regular doctor?

The skills required for office practice and hospital practice have less and less overlap. By focusing on the skills needed for hospital care, our Hospitalist Physicians provide excellent, up-to-date medical treatment that primary care physicians want their patients to receive in the hospital. Being cared for by hospitalists also allows primary care physicians to focus their full attention on providing the very best care for their patients in the office setting. Your PCP has chosen to use the Hospitalist services voluntarily.

Will the hospitalist be talking with my regular doctor?

Yes, during any hospital stay, our Hospitalist Physicians “partner” with primary care physicians or specialists, keeping them informed of any important events as needed.

Can I talk with my regular doctor?

Yes, the primary care physician-patient relationship is a powerful part of the healing process. It is understandable that our patients might wish to speak with their own doctors, especially at critical times in their treatment or evaluation plan. Your doctor can also make a social visit to the hospital to see you, if they prefer to do so.