A Hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in caring for patients in the
hospital and who does not have an office outside the hospital.
- See you every day in the hospital and are available throughout the day
- Will communicate with your doctor at the time you are admitted and upon
- Will send your physician a complete summary of your hospital stay.
Your doctor has access to the hospital records by computer 24 hours a day/7
days a week, and can obtain updates this way as well.
Benefits Hospitalists provide to you, your family, & doctor:
- Because Hospitalists work in the hospital, they are never far away and
can respond quickly to an emergency.
- They know all the specialists and can call on one when needed.
- Hospitalists follow up on your test results and can adjust your treatment
as indicated, which can decrease the time you spend in the hospital.
- Having a hospitalist in the hospital all day caring for you allows your
doctor to see you sooner in the office with less interruptions and fewer delays.
Hospitalists can communicate with your doctor if you would like to talk
to him/her and arrange for a phone call or visit when possible. Please
remember physicians are very busy in the office so it may not be right away.
Patients can dial the operator and ask her to page the Hospitalist assigned
to their care.
Hospitalists at Iredell are associated with
OptiMed Hospitalists, LLC.
Surgicalists are with Piedmont HealthCare.