In 1996, the “New England Journal of Medicine” coined the term hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of patients who are hospitalized. Hospitalists typically don’t have outpatient practices.
A Via Christi hospitalist will work with your primary care physician to be familiar with your health history and to coordinate treatment during your hospital stay. Via Christi hospitals have hospitalists on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can provide care around the clock.
- Work closely with surgeons and other physicians to coordinate care
- Are an important part of a hospital care team
- Provide patients with continuity of care
- Are familiar with the hospital’s systems and processes
- Add a focus on quality and safety
Hospitalists at Via Christi communicate with primary care physicians regularly, while offering 24-hour care. They are there to answer patient and family questions and provide the highest quality care to their patients.