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When you are admitted to the hospital, you will be in the care of a hospitalist.  A hospitalist is a physician or licensed independent practitioner (physician assistant or nurse practitioner) who specializes in caring for patients admitted to the hospital and the medical problems requiring hospital admission.

There are many benefits to being cared for by a hospitalist.  Our hospitalists are physically in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Your hospitalist is: 

• Always in the hospital to rapidly respond in case of an emergency
• Readily available to adjust your treatment plan based on test results
• Readily available to answer questions that you or your family members may have
• Communicating your treatment plan with your doctor/primary care physician throughout your stay. 

Since your care will be provided by a hospitalist, your physician need not come to the hospital.  When you are ready for discharge, a summary of your stay, test results and follow-up plan will be sent to your doctor.  Some doctors do visit their hospitalized patients.   Speak with your doctor if you have any questions regarding whether or not he or she will visit you.