South Shore Hospital’s hospitalists are board-certified internists who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients. Whether explaining a hospital procedure or a medication to a patient, updating a family on their loved one’s condition, or consulting with medical specialists about a patient’s condition, our hospitalists are dedicated to assuring that our patients are comfortable, informed and receive quality care while in the hospital. They work directly with our patients and families to guide them throughout the hospital experience and coordinate any care that might be needed once a patient leaves the hospital.
What is a Hospitalist?
Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. Hospital medicine is a new specialty area of internal medicine. The hospitalists at South Shore Hospital meet strict criteria regarding education, licensing and credentialing. They are board-certified in internal medicine, highly trained, and maintain high standards of quality.
Advantages of Being Cared for by a Hospitalist
Hospitalists work only in the hospital and are available on-site, 24 hours a day. Hospitalists are easily accessible in emergencies and when questions or concerns arise. Hospitalists are very familiar with hospital procedures and processes. This allows them to function efficiently in ordering tests, consulting other specialists, and adjusting treatments. Knowing their hospitalized patients are being provided with expert care, primary care physicians are able to spend more time caring for patients in their offices. National surveys show that patient satisfaction increases when a hospitalist manages a patient’s hospital care. Findings also show that care by hospitalists results in shorter stays and lower costs to patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will more than one hospitalist be caring for me during my stay?
A. Hospitalists are specialists that care for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because it would be impossible for one person to accomplish this alone, South Shore hospitalists work together as a team. You may see more than one hospitalist during your stay. Our hospitalists are in close contact with one another.
Q. What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician?
A. The hospitalist and primary care physician work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the hospitalist will keep your primary care physician updated during your hospitalization. The two doctors can discuss any significant findings, events and treatment plans. When you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care physician. The hospitalist will provide your doctor with a written report of your hospital visit to facilitate any follow-up care you may need. Please provide us with the name and contact information for your primary care doctor.
Q. What if I don’t have a regular physician for my follow-up care?
A. Our staff will assist you in finding a doctor after you leave the hospital. Records from your hospital stay will be sent to the doctor you select as your primary care physician.
Q. What if I need another specialist while in the hospital?
A. Consultations with other physicians are necessary in some cases. Our hospitalists are able to contact a full range of specialists to arrange consultations whenever needed.
Q. How can my family and I communicate with the hospitalist?
A. The hospitalist will see you at least once a day, and more often if needed. This is the best time to ask questions about your medical care. During the day, your nurse can page a hospitalist to respond to any urgent issues.
Q. Will I receive a separate bill for hospitalist services?
A. Yes. The billing process for hospitalist care is similar to being billed by your primary care physician for a hospital visit. If you have any questions, please contact the South Shore Hospitalists administration office at 781-624-8719.