Prevea Health has a designated team of providers called hospitalists whose primary medical focus is caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists do not have an office practice; therefore, are available at the hospital 24 hours a day for your medical needs. Hospitalists collaborate with your primary care physician and oversee your care from the moment you are treated until the time you are released. Hospitalists will help to educate you and your family members regarding available procedures and support to help make your hospital experience a positive one.
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a provider whose sole responsibility is to take care of patients in the hospital. They do not work in a clinic setting or have outpatient office hours, like most primary care providers. Hospitalists coordinate your admission into the hospital, manage your care and treatment and contact any sub-specialist providers (Cardiologists, Gastroenterologists, etc.) you may need during your hospital stay. As the hospitalists care for you in the hospital, they are also working with your primary care doctor to discuss your condition and what should be done once you are discharged from the hospital.
What is an Intensivist?
An intensivist works much like a hospitalist, but is a provider with additional training in critical care medicine. They care for patients who are severely ill or are experiencing a life-threatening condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Like a hospitalist, an intensivist will work directly with your primary care doctor to discuss your condition and any follow-up treatments needed once you are released from the hospital.
What does this mean for you?
Being cared for by a hospitalist or intensivist during your stay at HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas or St. Clare Memorial Hospitals means you are being cared for by providers who are specially trained in working in a hospital setting. You can be assured you are receiving the best care possible, in conjunction with the high-quality care you already receive from your primary care doctor with Prevea Health.