If you are admitted to Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, one of our experienced hospitalists will coordinate your care throughout your stay. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in providing comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients.
A hospitalist will assist in ordering necessary tests and discussing your care plan with you and your family on a regular basis. This is especially helpful if you require lengthy or multiple hospital stays for a complex disease such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure or pulmonary illness. A hospitalist’s main goal is to ensure that you receive the best possible care from the time you enter the hospital until you are well enough to return to the comfort of your own home.
Your hospitalist works closely to coordinate care with your entire team of doctors, nurses and medical providers, including physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers and anyone else involved in your care. Your hospital-based physician will also communicate with your primary care physician to keep him or her informed of your admission, treatment, discharge and any necessary follow-up treatment.
Some of the hospitalist services offered at IU Health Arnett Hospital include:
- 24/7 hospital coverage
- Hospital admissions and discharges
- Daily assessments and ongoing hospital care
- Co-management with surgical and specialty colleagues
- Inpatient consultations
- Communication with the patient, family and outpatient providers
- Documentation using a fully electronic medical record
Before you are discharged from the hospital, a hospitalist provides you with a brief summary of your hospital stay to take with you, including any information you need about follow-up care and medicines.