At UPMC, we strive to make your hospital visit a calm, helpful, and informative experience. That’s why we began the “hospitalist” program. Our hospitalists are a dedicated team of in-house physicians who specialize in acute care.
These physicians work closely with your primary care physician, by providing updates and exchanging information. The hospitalists at UPMC are focused on you and the care you receive in the hospital.
What is a hospitalist?
- Hospitalists are in-house physicians who are on-site to care for patients.
- Hospitalists spend their entire time in the hospital, so they can focus on your care from the time of admission, enabling your testing and treatment to begin as quickly as possible.
- Hospitalists are based at this UPMC hospital, so they can provide more timely care and adjust treatments on the spot, working with your primary care physician.
- Hospitalists provide ongoing care throughout your stay and can make immediate decisions as situations arise. The hospitalist will be able to check on you immediately if you have a problem, explain procedures, or meet with your family.
How often will the hospitalist see me?
The hospitalist will see you as often as needed. If an emergency occurs during your visit, he or she will see you right away.
Will the hospitalist meet with my family?
Our hospitalists are available throughout the day to explain procedures and test results, and to answer questions.
Is my primary care physician still involved?
Yes. Our hospitalists work closely with your physician, providing updates and asking for information when they need it. A complete summary of your hospital stay will be sent to your physician at the time of discharge.
What if I need another specialist while I’m in the hospital?
The hospitalists work closely with all of the specialists in the hospital to give you the best care.
What about my follow-up care?
Once you’re discharged, your primary care physician will provide any follow-up care that you need. If you don’t have a primary care physician, a listing of UPMC physician practices will be provided to you.