Hospitalists are there when your doctor can't be
Hospitalist Medicine is another way Ellis leverages the strength of a team approach to provide more integrated, pateint-focused care. A hospitalist is a doctor who is dedicated solely to the care and treatment of hospitalized patients. Ellis' hospitalists are board certified in internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics. Click here to meet our hospitalist physicians.
The hospitalist physician manages the care of a patient while he/she is at Ellis Hospital or, when needed, at Bellevue Woman’s Center. A hospitalist, working alongside highly experienced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, technicians, pharmacists, discharge planners, and other medical professionals will attend to the needs of a patient throughout his/her hospital stay. From diagnostic testing and recovery to discharge, our hospitalist team ensures the best care every step of the way.
Ob/Gyn Hospitalists - The first in the area
Ellis Medicine’s Ob/Gyn Hospitalist program at Bellevue Woman's Center is the first-of-its-kind in the region and improves the way care is delivered to pregnant women. The program, which debuted in July 2010, brings an experienced team of board certified obstetricians/gynecologist on-site 24/7 at Bellevue. These dedicated Ob/Gyn physicians deliver babies if a patient's own physician can't be present and are available to handle any emergencies that may arise, to provide around the clock on-site coverage.
FAQs About Hospitalist Medicine
Q: Why is a hospitalist caring for me at Ellis Hospital?
A: Your primary care physician has requested that a hospitalist be in charge of your care during your hospital stay. You have the benefit of being seen by a doctor who works at the hospital full time to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise.
Q: What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician?
A: The two doctors work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the two providers can discuss any significant findings. At the time of your admission and discharge, the hospitalist sends a detailed report and a treatment plan to your primary care physician.
Q: What can I expect from the hospitalist?
A: A member of the hospitalist team will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. They are available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. Your hospitalist may consult with other doctors (specialists) to participate in your care as needed. If you have already been seeing other specialists (i.e., cardiologist, neurologist, endocrinologist) be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.
Q: Who is in charge of my care once I'm discharged from the hospital?
A: Your primary care physician will resume caring for you once you've left the hospital. Your hospitalist will, if necessary, write prescriptions and arrange tests prior to your follow-up visit with your doctor. Your complete hospital record will also be sent to your doctor’s office; and your hospitalist will be available to answer any questions that you or your doctor might have about your hospital stay.
Q: What if I don't have a primary care physician?
A: Our team can assist in finding a doctor for you to see for follow-up care after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.