Humboldt General Hospital now offers 24-hour, 7-day-a-week physician care to all patients admitted to the hospital. Our Hospitalist physicians are available to patients and their families around the clock. As patient families leave the hospital, they are even provided with a cell phone number they can call day or night to address any concerns or questions. Additionally, Hospitalist physicians are available to discharge patients when their care is complete instead of waiting until their local physician makes his or her rounds. Humboldt General Hospital's Hospitalist program is just one more way that we are striving to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the communities we serve.
What are Hospitalists?
A Hospitalist is an internal medicine specialty physician whose primary professional focus is to care for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists manage patients throughout the hospital. These physicians assess patients in the Emergency Department, admit patients, arrange for specialty consultants and arrange post-hospital care. They then refer the patients back to their regular physician for outpatient care. Hospitalists represent one of the most rapidly growing medical specialties in the United States. In addition to taking care of patients, Hospitalists are partners with the hospital in improving processes and outcomes. They participate on patient placement and collaboration teams, ethics teams and a variety of quality improvement teams.
Benefits of having a Hospitalist
By focusing their practice on the care of a hospitalized patient, Hospitalists gain a great deal of experience in the unique aspects of a patient's needs during the hospital stay. A Hospitalist can rapidly coordinate inpatient care throughout the day and react to emerging clinical data and changes in the patient's medical status. National studies have shown Hospitalists improve clinical outcomes. This means patients receive the best possible care while they are in the hospital.
Caring for you at Humboldt General Hospital
Your physician may request that a Hospitalist take care of you while you are a patient at Humboldt General Hospital. Also, if you do not have a family physician, a Hospitalist will be assigned to you. The Hospitalists are in communication with your primary care physician / family physician, and will return you back to your physician after discharge. If you do not have a primary care physician, they will assist you in finding one.