Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in caring for patients who are admitted to the hospital. They usually do not have a private practice outside the hospital. In addition to our hospitalists who care for our adult population, our pediatric hospitalists are trained in the care of children from birth through age 18. All Sparrow hospitalists are board certified or board eligible.
These doctors assume the role of your primary care physician, helping coordinate all medical care while you are in the hospital. When appropriate, your hospitalist will consult with and coordinate your care with other specialists.
The benefits of a hospitalist and pediatric hospitalist
A hospitalist keeps a close eye on you.
Your hospitalist is familiar with the hospital system and can facilitate your overall care. Hospitalists can assist with a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based on those test results.
Having a hospitalist on staff also benefits your primary care physician, allowing him or her to focus on seeing patients in the office. Because hospitalists are in the hospital all day, your pediatrician or family practitioner can devote more time to keeping your family healthy. Because your doctor will not have to address last-minute hospital situations, he or she can spend more time with each patient during office visits and see patients on a timely basis.
Numerous studies show that physician practices that use the service of hospitalists have lower medical costs and their patients spend less time in the hospital.
Frequently asked questions about the Hospitalist Program