Frequently Asked Questions - Hospitalist
What is a Hospitalist?A hospitalist is a medical specialist who provides quality medical treatment to individuals while they are in the hospital. Because hospitalists don't maintain a private outside practice, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients.
Hospitalists are based in the hospital and specialize in all aspects of a patient's care - from admission until discharge. To do this, hospitalists manage and coordinate the entire inpatient episode of care, working closely with the patient's primary care physician and/or specialists involved.
Not only do hospitalists offer the patient on-site and around-the-clock access to a physician, but they also afford themselves an in-depth understanding of and commitment to, individual patient needs. Hospitalists are also familiar with key departments and individuals within the hospital, allowing for prompt connections with other healthcare personnel. Source: "Skaggs Community Health Center" Website 2008
Can a Hospitalist work and communicate with my Primary Physician?Absolutely. The GBMC Hospitalist Group has been working with local physicians in the Greater Baltimore Area for over10 years. The GBMC Hospitalist Group is one of the oldest hospitalist practices in the area. Communication with your primary physician is one of the group's main objectives, to ensure your healthcare needs during and after your hospitalization.