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If you are admitted to an Indiana University Health hospital, one of our experienced hospitalists is available to help coordinate your care throughout your stay. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine, a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. This is especially helpful if you require lengthy or multiple hospital stays for a complex disease.
Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital has primary care physicians available to care for patients during the day. In addition, we have night hospitalists to care for patients staying overnight at the hospital. These nocturnists, or hospitalists who only work the night shift, carry out clinical treatment plans for hospital patients.
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. This hospital-based physician will also collaborate with your primary care physician to keep him or her informed of your admission, treatment, discharge and any necessary follow-up treatment.
Before you are discharged from the hospital, the hospitalist will provide you with a brief summary of your stay to take home with you, including any information you need regarding follow-up care and medicines.