What is a Hospitalist?

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During your hospital stay, your medical care may be provided by a doctor or advanced practice provider called a Hospitalist. This is a contracted physician or advanced practice provider who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. We use hospitalists at each of our three hospitals – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.

The hospitalist will be in charge of all the care you receive while in the hospital. They will coordinate the services provided by other physicians and tests and procedures they may order. The provider will keep you and your family updated on your care.

Our hospitalists only see patients in the hospital. They do not have an office where other patients are waiting. As a result, they can devote their time and attention to patients in the hospital. The provider will also maintain close contact with your admitting physician or primary care physician during your hospital stay. They will keep them informed about your treatment and care. Your regular doctor may still come by to check on you. They can still be involved in your care. All of our Hospitalists will provide the highest level of care.