What Is a Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. The Hospitalist's primary professional focus is internal medicine, which involves the medical care of a patient from the time of admission until the patient leaves the hospital. Hospitalists represent the most rapidly growing form of medical practice in the United States. North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), like many hospitals in Hawaii and around the country, uses a Hospitalist system.

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A HOSPITALIST?

Hospitalists do not have a medical practice outside the hospital and provide care only for patients while in the hospital. We have several Hospitalists at NHCH, which means patients may have more than one Hospitalist manage their care during their stay. 

The Hospitalist reviews patients' past medical records, consults with their primary care physician, and performs a comprehensive history and physical when a patient is admitted. The Hospitalist will coordinate medical care while patients are in the hospital and is available to spend the necessary time with the patient and their family. The Hospitalist also works with teams of nurses, case managers, and other physicians to design and coordinate an individual treatment plan for each patient.

 

HOW DOES A HOSPITALIST WORK WITH MY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER? 

The Hospitalist is in charge of a patient's care while in the hospital, but their primary care provider (PCP) is welcome to check on them and discuss their care with the Hospitalist during their hospital stay. All pertinent information regarding a patient's hospital stay will be shared with their PCP.


HOSPITALISTS PROVIDE MANY BENEFITS

While in the hospital, one of our Hospitalists will be available to each patient and their family as needed. He or she will discuss plan of care with the patient and provide answers to any questions.

If patients have a medical emergency at any time during their stay, one of our Hospitalists will be at their bedside within minutes, as we have physician coverage 24 hours a day. If you need to speak to a Hospitalist, simply ask one of our nurses to page him or her.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU ARE DISCHARGED?

After patients are discharged from NHCH, they will follow-up with their primary care physician regarding any further medical needs, as they will once again be under the care of their primary care provider. If a patient does not have a primary care provider, the Hospitalist will refer the patient to a physician on the medical staff for follow-up and subsequent medical care.


HOSPITALISTS OFFER TIMELY CARE

  • They are in-house and therefore may be available to spend more time with each patient and their family to answer questions. 

  • They are in-patient medical physicians who specialize in the practice of hospital medicine.
     
  • The average length of stay for a hospitalized patient can be significantly less when the care is managed and coordinated by the Hospitalist team.

 

LOCATION

Hospitalists are located in the Medical/Surgical Unit at
North Hawaii Community Hospital
67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, HI 96743

 

HOURS

Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


CONTACT 

Please contact our Medical/Surgical Unit at 
PHONE: 808.881.4790
FAX:  808.881.4802