Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients.

The Overlake hospitalists are board-certified in Internal Medicine, and see hospitalized patients who have been referred from community primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital. They do not see patients outside of the hospital.

Our Hospitalist Care

Why is a Hospitalist caring for me?

Your own primary care physician may request that a Hospitalist be in charge of your care during the hospital stay, which means that you have the benefit of being seen by a doctor whose practice is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients. This can also enable your primary care doctor to be available to you in the office, rather than going back and forth between seeing patients between two locations.

How Hospitalist Practices Work

How does the Hospitalist practice work?

The Hospitalist in charge of your care and will see you every day and direct your care and treatment while you are in the hospital. This doctor is available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The Hospitalist works at the hospital full-time to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. They may consult other doctors to participate in your care as well.

The Hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care doctor, or other doctors, soon after discharge. Since hospitalists do not have an outpatient practice, you will not have an appointment to see the Hospitalist again after you leave the hospital. You may contact the Hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.

Hospitalist vs. Primary Care Physician

What's the relationship between the Hospitalist and my primary care physician?

The two doctors work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the Hospitalist, and the two doctors can discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of your admission and discharge the Hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is reported back to your primary care physician.

Your primary care physician asks the Hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are in the hospital, but is welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the Hospitalist anytime during your hospital stay. When you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care doctor.

Finding Other Specialists

What if I need another specialist while in the hospital?

In some cases, consultations from other physicians are necessary, and the Hospitalist can arrange for these as necessary. If you have already been seen by other doctors at Overlake or elsewhere, be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.

Finding a Primary Care Physician

What if I don't have a regular primary care physician?

The Overlake hospitalists, and other hospital team members, can assist you in finding a doctor to see after leaving the hospital for follow-up care. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.

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