The Society of Hospitalist Medicine defines a hospitalist as:
” A medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians (“hospitalists”) and non-physician providers who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. In addition to their core expertise managing the clinical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized patients, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and healthcare systems by:
Your hospitalist is primarily responsible for your inpatient needs. Once you are discharged from the hospital, you will need to follow up with your outpatient primary care provider. Your hospitalist will be in touch with your primary care physician to update them on the plan of care.
Stanford Hospitalist Medical Group physicians primarily provide inpatient hospitalist services. SHMG physicians also see patients on discharge, in skilled nursing facilities, and at times, during home visits. Select SHMG physicians are also involved in hospice services.
SHMG physicians work closely with your outpatient provider to ensure the best care for you while you are admitted to the hospital, and for a safe transition back to the outpatient setting. If you have a preference to be seen by an SHMG physician on admission, please let your outpatient provider know, and voice your preference to your admitting provider.
Generally, SHMG physicians work in shifts between 7am to 7pm. Whenever possible, the same SHMG physician will see you throughout your admission, and, if unfortunately you are readmitted to the hospital, during your re-admission. This may change if a provider is on a vacation, or perhaps during a weekend. In the evening, a hospitalist is on call between 7pm and 7am to meet any of your inpatient needs.
SHMG is staffed to see patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Hospitalists work in shifts between 7am and 7pm on weekdays and weekends, and select members are on call between 7pm and 7am.
SHMG physicians primarily provide hospitalist services at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. We see patients at a variety of skilled nursing facilities in the Los Angeles area, and make home visits to a variety of areas to ensure safe transitions of care.
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SHMG physicians want to ensure the safest transition for you after discharge from the hospital. As a part of your discharge, we fill any medications you may need for the next 30 days, with the request that you see your primary care or outpatient provider for a post-discharge follow-up within that time period so they may be able to follow you closely thereafter. We encourage you to call us at any time with questions about your medications; we are happy to help. Our team includes a dedicated Pharmacist, Christine Armbruster, who actively reaches out to select patients with multiple medications to ensure safe and appropriate usage at home.
During your inpatient hospitalization, your hospitalist physician will round (talk to you and examine you at bedside) during the day, usually in the morning. If any issues come up about your care that you need to discuss, your nurse can page your hospitalist directly.
After discharge, SHMG physicians will answer your questions or calls, especially to ensure safe transitions home in the immediate term after discharge. To preserve continuity of care, it is best to also let your outpatient provider know what your concerns are, and book a follow-up appointment with this provider. If you are discharged to a skilled nursing facility, SHMG physicians will see you in that facility.