A hospitalist is a physician trained in internal medicine or family medicine who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients, both adults and children. The Hospitalist Medicine Program at Newton Medical Center comprises a team of physicians who provide round-the-clock specialized care to hospitalized patients. Our hospitalists focus exclusively on the care of patients admitted to Newton Medical Center, and do not maintain private practices or office hour, but provide services 24/7 at the hospital.
At Newton Medical Center, hospitalized patients are referred by their primary care physicians and specialists to the hospitalist program for care. In addition, our hospitalists care for any hospitalized patients who do not have a primary care physician.
Hospitalists manage each patient’s course through the hospital, ordering diagnostic imaging studies and laboratory tests, and closely monitoring the patient’s progress. All the while, hospitalists remain in close contact with the patient’s primary care physician, communicating test results and discussing whether additional diagnostic testing is necessary.
Hospitalists’ relationships inside the hospital enable them to know the best ways to expedite and improve care within the environment. They are familiar with the key individuals throughout the hospital, including medical and surgery consultants, discharge planners, clergy and others. This means shorter wait times and quicker discharges.
When a patient is preparing to leave Newton Medical Center, his or her hospitalist will prepare a discharge plan, including written and verbal instructions and any necessary prescriptions. This plan will also include appointments for follow-up with a primary care physician and relevant specialists.