UMC Hospitalists: Making a Difference in Care

Many of you have heard the word “hospitalist” thrown around... but if a patient or patient’s loved one asked you what a hospitalist was and if they made a difference in care, would you be able to answer? 

A hospitalist is a physician, typically board certified in internal medicine or family medicine, who specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. Essentially, a hospitalist is a health advocate for patients in the hospital!

When a person is admitted to UMC, the management of their care will be temporarily transferred from a primary care provider (PCP) to the hospitalist team. The hospitalist and your PCP will communicate throughout your hospital stay, a summary of your stay will be given when you are released, and you will return to the care of your PCP when your stay is over.

How hospitalists make a difference:

  • Reduce length of stay by up to 30 percent
  • They are easily accessible 24 hours-a-day
  • Improve safety and quality of care 
  • Are familiar with hospital processes and procedures
  • Maintain relationships with specialists and others in the health system to advocate patient health

Be sure to thank a UMC hospitalist next time you see one. They are really making a difference in care!

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