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1350 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901-2629
706/774-5795 / Fax 706/774-5792
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor whose job is the general medical care of patients in the hospital. The hospitalist is your care team leader and coordinates care with your primary care provider, specialists and other departments in the hospital.
Why doesn’t my regular physician see me in the hospital?
Physicians who have to go back and forth between patients in the hospital and patients in the office find it difficult to give enough attention to both. Your primary care provider can now spend more time with patients in the office because there is a trusted team physician caring for their patients in the hospital.
How will I understand what the hospitalist is saying? Do they speak with accents that are hard to understand?
All hospitalists speak English, although some may have an accent. If at any time you do not understand what a hospitalist is saying, please ask them to speak more slowly and repeat what they said. They will be glad to do this.
Will the hospitalist talk to my family about my care?
Unless you do not want the hospitalist to speak with your family, it is natural to include the family in the discussion of a loved one’s care. However, we ask you to choose a spokesperson for your family so the hospitalist is not asked to review the loved one’s care with each individual family member.
Will my primary care physician know that I’m in the hospital?
If you have a primary care provider, he or she will be notified that you were hospitalized and what care you received. At the time of discharge, your nurse will advise you on how and when to follow up with your primary care physician. If you do not have one, your nurse will explain your options for follow-up care after you leave the hospital.
What if I need the hospitalist during the night or on weekends?
There is a hospitalist in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need the hospitalist during the night, the nurse will call him or her for you.
Will the hospitalist know my medical history?
The hospitalist will find out about your medical history by talking to you or a family member, retrieving previous hospital records or by calling your primary care physician. If you have been in the hospital previously or are a patient of a physician who uses the Epic electronic health record, your hospitalist will be able to access your complete medical history on a computer at your bedside.
What if I don’t like the hospitalist who cares for me?
Each hospitalist is very well-trained and provides excellent care, however we know that sometimes a patient and a physician do not develop a comfortable relationship. If this happens and you want to change hospitalists, it is your right to do so.
Will I have ore than one hospitalist?
You may see more than one hospitalist during your stay depending on how long you are in the hospital.
Will I get a separate bill for the hospitalist services?
Yes, you will receive a bill for your hospital charges, and a separate bill for the care the hospitalist provided for you while you were in the hospital.
How will I know what medicines to take when I leave the hospital?
The nurse will review your medications very carefully with you and your family, and give you written instructions before you leave the hospital. We call these “discharge instructions.”
What if I have additional questions about hospitalists?
Ask your nurse or feel free to ask your hospitalist any questions you may have. They want you to understand and feel confident you are receiving the highest quality of care.