Your Healthcare Team
In addition to your physician and your nurse, other hospital personnel will be involved in your care. These may include lab and radiology technicians, respiratory and physical therapists, dietitians, clinical pharmacists, supervised students, chaplains, and volunteers. All should be wearing name badges and uniform colors specific to their department. Your care team names and your plan of care will be written on the communication white board located on the wall in your room.
If you have questions about our hospitalists, call (615) 769-7876.
Hospitalist & Intensivist Services
Your physician may have chosen to utilize our hospitalist service as an extension of his/her office. In this case, your care while in the hospital will be managed by a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. After you are discharged, you will return to the care of your regular primary care physician. All of our hospitalists are board-certified physicians who specialize in the care of pulmonary, critical care, and hospitalized patients.
What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are physicians who are specially trained in inpatient care and are considered inpatient specialists. The hospitalists are specially trained in pulmonary and/or internal medicine.
If your primary care physician utilizes the hospitalist program and you need to be admitted to the hospital, you will be admitted by one of our hospitalist providers. They will manage and direct your care while you are a patient in the hospital. Our providers work closely as a team, so you may see more than one of them during your stay. They will be happy to answer questions for you and your family regarding your plan of care.
Our hospitalists will keep your primary care physician informed of your progress while you are in the hospital.
Our hospitalists are:
- Familiar with key staff in the hospital, including medical and surgical consultants, discharge planners, clergy and other employees, which improves care
- Able to rapidly respond to problems or crises that may arise during patient care
- Partners with primary care physicians in coordinating specialized medical treatment for individual patients
- An excellent resource for patients without a primary care physician
When do I see a hospitalist?
If your physician or specialist believes that you need to be hospitalized, he or she may choose to coordinate your admission through our hospitalist program. The hospitalist(s) will be in frequent contact with your physician, relaying the details of your care. If you are admitted through the Emergency Room, your physician will be promptly notified of your status and condition.
Once you've been admitted under the care of the hospitalist group, a hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you daily. Throughout your stay, they will work together with your physician to ensure that you obtain the best care possible.
Our hospitalists will:
- Assess and treat your medical condition
- Coordinate your hospital care
- Establish a relationship with you and your family
- Review your progress with your physician
- When discharged, transition medical care back to your primary physician, who will resume the responsibility for ongoing outpatient treatment
- Assist patients in finding a primary care physician for those who do not already have one
What if I need a specialist while I am in the hospital?
Sometimes consultation with other specialists is necessary to ensure that you receive the best care we have to offer. The hospitalist(s) will coordinate your care with other specialists as needed.
How does it work?
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will return to your primary care physician for follow-up. Your physician will have a record of the treatment you received while in the hospital and a copy of your discharge instructions.