If you are admitted to Indiana University Health North Hospital, one of our experienced hospitalists will coordinate your care throughout your stay. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in providing comprehensive care to patients who are hospitalized.
Our hospitalists have years of experience managing all aspects of inpatient care, from the time you are admitted until the time you are discharged from the hospital. Your hospitalist collaborates with your entire team of doctors, nurses and medical providers, including physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers and anyone else involved in your care. This hospital-based physician also works with your primary care physician to keep them informed of your admission, treatment, discharge and any necessary follow-up treatment.
Hospitalists monitor all areas of your hospital stay. They can help manage your pain and other symptoms, keep an eye on your pre-existing conditions and work to speed up your recovery. Hospitalists care for all types of hospital patients, whether you are having a surgery, being treated for a condition, or recovering from an accident.
Our hospitalists are board certified internists who specialize in caring for a wide range of conditions in adults. Hospitalists provide care for patients at all hours so you can get the help you need as soon as possible.
If you are transferred from one department to another in the hospital, such as from the emergency room to an inpatient room, a hospitalist can ensure your transition is as smooth as possible. In addition, hospitalists help patients transition from hospital care to rehabilitation facilities or other needed healthcare facilities. By coordinating clear communication among all caregivers, hospitalists help you have the best recovery possible and help prevent readmission to the hospital.
Before you are discharged from the hospital, hospitalists provide you with a brief summary of your stay to take home with you, including any information you may need about the follow-up care and medicines. To ensure your best recovery, you should follow this information closely as possible.
Before you have surgery, a hospitalist may perform an examination and order necessary testing. Tests may include blood draws, imaging tests or other studies. These tests are used to detect any undiagnosed conditions that may affect your surgery.
Your hospitalist determines if your body is healthy enough for surgery and ensures that all of your health needs are taken into account. For instance, if you have diabetes, your hospitalist makes sure your blood glucose levels are monitored before, during and after your procedure.