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What are hospitalists?

two hospital doctors consultingHospital-based physicians are board-certified/board-eligible physicians trained in Internal Medicine. Our Hospitalist physicians are highly qualified, experienced, and are specialists in inpatient medical care.

Patient Care in the Hospital

The hospitalist is an extension of your primary care physician, not a replacement, and consults with your primary physician on aspects of your care. Your primary care physician will be notified when you have been admitted to the hospital and will communicate with the hospitalist team to allow them to provide you with the best care possible.

The hospitalist physician will direct your care, obtain consultations with subspecialist doctors when needed, monitor test results, and quickly respond to changes in your condition. He or she will also discuss treatment options with you, answer all of your questions, and inform your primary care physician. Your hospitalist also has access to all Cape Cod Healthcare tests and records and any hospital stays you have experienced in the past.

Team-based Hospitalist Care

Our hospitalist physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. This “24 hour” coverage allows you and your family to communicate with a hospitalist physician at any time of day or night, and gives you the added comfort that your hospitalist team is always on hand to care for any problems that may arise.

Hospitalists work together as a team, which includes physicians and nurse practitioners. This approach allows a dynamic rounding process in how our hospitalists see and care for patients, allowing them to solve problems and interpret testing throughout the day and not just with “morning rounds.”

This team approach helps to provide safe, efficient, and compassionate care to all patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because this would be impossible for one person to accomplish alone, you may be cared for by more than one hospitalist during your stay. Patient care continuity and communication are top priorities.

Hospital Discharge

At discharge, a detailed summary of your care plan will be sent to your PCP. Your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician about ongoing treatment needs, including follow-up treatments, medications, rehabilitation and home health. If you do not have a local physician, your Hospitalist can help you find one.

Contacting a Hospitalist

Your bedside nurse will be able to contact your hospitalist physician at any time. In an emergency/holiday or weekend, the hospitalist can be paged through the Cape Cod Hospital operator at 508-771-1800, and through the Falmouth Hospital operator at 508-548-5300. Remember there is always a physician in house to help with your needs.

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Learn more about hospitalist services.