Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. They typically have limited or no outpatient responsibilities, allowing them to devote their full time and attention to patients who are in the hospital.
Once a patient is admitted to one of our hospitals, the hospitalist takes on responsibility for their care for the entirety of the patient’s stay. Hospitalists are used strictly on a voluntary basis – in other words, the patients and their physicians decide together whether to turn over hospital care to a hospitalist.
Hospitalist Program Benefits
The hospitalist role is based on the concept that the more experience a physician has with inpatient hospital patient care, the better the quality of care is that will be provided – according to research. More timely care is available because hospitalists are based at Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital. A hospitalist physician is available to provide care 24 hours a day.
Hospitalists specialize in inpatient care, making them very familiar with critical health needs.
How Does the Hospitalist Know Me?
The hospitalist has been in direct contact with your primary care physician. Your physician has relayed all of your pertinent medical information needed to help in your treatment. Your primary care physician will resume your care after you are discharged from the hospital. When you are discharged, the Inpatient Physician Services team will send detailed records to your primary care physician and helps to arrange a followup visit.