Hospitalist Program

The Hospitalist program offers providers who are in the hospital at all times and who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of
hospitalized patients.

Hospitalist FAQs

What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a clinically trained provider who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties.

What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?

Because the hospitalist is actually in the hospital at all times, he or she has added knowledge of other departments and specialties and are very accessible to hospital nursing staff. The hospitalist can help speed your recovery and shorten your hospital stay by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment plan throughout the day. Hospitalists have systems in place to communicate with your family and your primary care providers as needed.

Why might I see several Hospitalists during my hospital stay?

Hospitalists cover admitted hospital patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Because no one person could do this on their own, they work as a team. This may result in you seeing more than one hospitalist during your stay at Clark Memorial Health.

What is the relationship between the Hospitalists and my primary care providers?

The hospitalist partners with your primary care providers to administer and oversee your treatment while you are in the hospital, serving as your regular providers until you are discharged. The hospitalist will see you daily and manage your conditions, contacting your primary care providers as appropriate. When you are discharged you will return to your regular providers or other community-based caregiver to continue your care plan.

What if I don’t have a primary care providers?

If you do not have a primary care provider, the hospitalist or other hospital staff can assist you in finding a providers and the records from your hospital stay can be sent to that provider.

Contact Information

The best way to reach a hospitalist is through your nurse at Clark Memorial Health. The hospitalist will respond to you as quickly as possible.