If you’re in a UCHealth hospital, you may be cared for by a physician known as a hospitalist.
Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in treating hospitalized patients; their services are requested by a patient’s regular doctor, ER physician, surgeon, or sub-specialist.
Hospitalists work closely with your primary care provider (PCP) to provide a solid continuum of care throughout your hospital stay. Your PCP will receive a summary of your hospitalization, including comprehensive notes, test results, treatments, medication changes, and discharge instructions. Your primary care provider is welcome to visit you during your stay and may contact the hospitalist for any updates.
Hospitalist doctors can also help coordinate care as a patient transitions from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility or home. If needed, they assist with geriatric and end-of-life care.
Caring for you & your family
Your hospitalist will hold meetings with your family, providing ample opportunity to answer questions and address concerns. Their focus is on patient- and family-centered care and making sure your needs are met.