During your hospital stay, you will receive personalized care close to home with our Hospitalist Program. Hospitalists are physicians and advanced practice providers who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients. They are responsible and dedicated to providing your medical care while you are a patient at the health center.
Henry County Health Center’s hospitalists will provide you with the highest quality care during your hospital stay. During that time, they will communicate with your family physician to ensure you obtain the best care.
What are the benefits of a Hospitalist Program?
There are several advantages to this type of care.
- Enhanced patient care: Hospitalists are available to read test results in a timely manner, order tests, and provide ongoing and focused care. Decisions are made as situations arise. This can help prevent medical complications, speed the recovery process and lower costs.
- Communication: Hospitalists are available to answer questions from patients and family members. They will also discuss the patient’s treatment plan with the patient’s consent.
- Reduced length of stay: Patients benefit from efficient care that may help reduce length of stay. Due to hospitalists increased availability, they can follow up on diagnostic tests quicker and arrive at a treatment plan efficiently.
- Availability: Hospitalists are available every day of the week and are able to see patients more than once a day if needed. Patients have the ability to see a hospitalist more often and with more flexible visit times.
How does the program work?
If your primary care physician determines that you need to be hospitalized, he or she will coordinate your admission with the hospitalist. If you are admitted through the Emergency Department, your physician will be notified. Once admitted, the hospitalist will be in charge of your care and see you daily. During your hospitalization, the hospitalist and your physician will discuss your medical history and plan of care. The hospitalist will:
- Assess and treat your medical condition
- Coordinate your hospital care
- Review your progress with your physician
- Establish a relationship with you and your family
- When discharged, transition medical care back to your primary care physician
Will I see the same hospitalist throughout my stay?
Depending on when you are admitted and the length of your stay, you may be seen by more than one hospitalist. However, they work as a team to ensure that you receive consistency in medical care in an efficient and effective manner.
What if I require another specialist during my hospitalization?
Depending on your medical condition and health needs, the hospitalist may consult with other specialist physicians if necessary.
What happens when I am discharged?
The hospitalist will discuss your discharge instructions with you. Medical care will be transitioned back to your primary care physician who will receive a summary of your hospital stay. This will include discharge diagnoses, medications, and recommended follow-up visits or treatments. If you require long-term or skilled nursing, the hospitalist will work with your physician and hospital staff to assist you in finding appropriate care.
If you do not have a primary care physician, please ask the hospitalist for a list of physicians who are accepting new patients.
If I have questions about my care, who do I contact?
If you have questions or concerns, please call HCHC’s Patient Representative/Risk Coordinator at 319.385.6593 or ext. 6593 from inside the building.