Hospitalist

Coordinated care during your hospital stay

While in the hospital, a hospitalist will help to lead coordination of your care. Hospitalists specialize in caring for complicated patient conditions and coordinating complex care.

You are more likely to need a hospitalist if you are being treated for a complex condition such as diabetes, hypertension, heart failure or pulmonary illness and have more than one specialist caring for you.

When you are admitted to the hospital, you may have more than one physician working with you, especially if your situation is more complex. Your healthcare team may also include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and care managers, as well as the residents or interns working with your doctors.

To make sure communication about your care plan is clear, the hospitalist will work closely with your entire healthcare team, from surgeons to nurses to specialists, to coordinate your care. Your hospitalist will also order any necessary tests, visit with you regularly, discuss your care plan with you and your family members and make arrangements for your discharge.

For continuity of care, your hospitalist will tell your primary care doctor about your admission, the plan for your care and any follow-up required after discharge. When you leave the hospital, your primary care doctor will resume responsibility for your care.

Pre-Admission Testing

We want to make sure you are prepared for surgery and anesthesia at IU Health. With pre-admission testing, we will perform physicals, diagnostic testing and medical history to screen and optimize medical conditions that may affect your surgical outcome.

Pre-Admission testing is staffed with a team of medical professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Learn more about pre-admission testing.

What to Expect from Your Hospitalist

When you are admitted to the hospital, you may have more than one physician working with you, especially if your situation is more complex. Your healthcare team may also include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and care managers, as well as the residents or interns working with your doctors.

To make sure communication about your care plan is clear, the hospitalist will work closely with your entire healthcare team, from surgeons to nurses to specialists, to coordinate your care. Your hospitalist will also order any necessary tests, visit with you regularly, discuss your care plan with you and your family members and make arrangements for your discharge.

For continuity of care, your hospitalist will tell your primary care doctor about your admission, the plan for your care and any follow-up required after discharge. When you leave the hospital, your primary care doctor will resume responsibility for your care.

Pre-Admission Testing

We want to make sure you are prepared for surgery and anesthesia at IU Health. With pre-admission testing, we will perform physicals, diagnostic testing and medical history to screen and optimize medical conditions that may affect your surgical outcome.

Pre-Admission testing is staffed with a team of medical professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Learn more about pre-admission testing.

  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the goals for today and for my hospital stay?
  • Who decides when I am well enough to go home?
  • Do you think I’ll need additional help when I’m discharged?
  • I don’t have a primary care provider. Can you refer me to one?

Questions to Ask Your Hospitalist

  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the goals for today and for my hospital stay?
  • Who decides when I am well enough to go home?
  • Do you think I’ll need additional help when I’m discharged?
  • I don’t have a primary care provider. Can you refer me to one?

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