Hospitalist Care at Methodist Hospital
Personalized Healthcare in Henderson County
When staying in a Hospital, you may find yourself consulting with and being
treated by various physicians and nurses. This can make it difficult to
coordinate your care and know who to talk to about questions and concerns,
which is why Methodist Hospital has its own Hospitalist Care Team.
A hospitalist acts as your constant point of contact during your stay in
the Hospital. They keep track of who has treated you and can easily obtain
notes and feedback from all the physicians that took care of your while
in the Hospital. It is unlikely your primary care physician will have
time to address your every concern day-to-day, which is why the hospitalist
takes care of your immediate needs like ordering tests, consulting medical
specialists and hearing out your questions and concerns.
Constant On-Call Care
Hospitalists are available for you 24/7 during your stay at Methodist Hospital.
If at any time you want to talk to someone about our care you can call
for a nurse and have them contact your hospitalist. Be aware that you
may not interact with the same hospitalist during your stay. Our team
usually rotates every seven days starting on Tuesdays. Though you may
not be working with the same person the entire time, hospitalists are
very diligent about keeping records of your care and communicating important
information to the person taking over.
Hospitalists must undergo extensive medical training before starting work.
These are professionally trained doctors and must be knowledgeable in
a wide array of medical specialties in order to facilitate treatment for
A hospitalists duties include:
- Ordering medical tests and analyzing the results
- Writing prescriptions
- Determining which Hospital department can best facilitate a patient’s care
- Monitoring patients for damage from heart attacks, stroke and other conditions
- Consulting with medical specialists to determine the next phase of treatment
Additionally, hospitalists are intimately familiar with the inner workings
of all Hospital departments. Their expertise can ensure patients get the
care they need, when they need it. With a hospitalist keeping track of
your care, you can rest easy knowing you have an advocate to hear you
out and make sure you care meets all your expectations and you are not
forced into any treatment you do not want.