What is a Hospitalist?
When you are admitted to St. Peter's Hospital, you may have a hospitalist in charge of your care. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. You may have been referred from your primary care physician, an emergency room doctor, or another physician at the hospital. Since they do not see patients outside of the hospital, they are able to see you every day and to closely direct your treatment while you are in the hospital.
As one of the fastest-growing specialties in medicine today, hospitalists are board-certified in internal medicine, family medicine and/or a similar specialty. Our hospitalist team works only inside of St. Peter's Hospital, enabling them to focus full attention on their patients. They can order tests, adjust treatments, and they may consult other specialists to assist in your care.
St. Peter's hospitalists are available onsite, 24-hours/day, to ensure a quick response to our patient's needs.
In addition to their medical and clinical expertise, the nation's leading healthcare facilities are choosing to employ hospitalists because of their familiarity with the hospital staff, equipment and procedures. All of these skills improve the quality of patient care and help St. Peter's patients recover faster.