To provide you with the best possible care while you are in the hospital, your physician may refer you to Bridgeport Hospital’s Hospitalist Service. This means that a specially trained hospital medicine physician will manage your care during your stay with us.
What are Hospitalists?
Hospitalists are attending physicians with special focus in treating hospitalized patients. The Hospitalists at Bridgeport Hospital are board-certified or board-eligible in Internal Medicine with specialized knowledge and experience to care for the unique needs of hospitalized patients. The Hospitalist service at Bridgeport Hospital is available to you in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our goal is to provide exceptional quality inpatient care.
What Are the Advantages of Having a Hospitalist Oversee My Care?
- Hospitalists are in the hospital 24/7, including nights, weekends and holidays. This means a Hospitalist can visit you more than one time each day, closely observe changes in your condition and answer your questions.
- Hospitalists are very familiar with hospital processes, procedures and staff. They will make sure that your hospital experience is the best it can be.
- Hospitalists are available to schedule tests and procedures promptly and follow up on results. This often means less time waiting for results and more timely adjustments to your treatment, so you may have a shorter hospital stay.
- Hospitalists can respond quickly in the event of changes in your condition.
How Does My Primary Care Provider Learn About My Treatment and Care?
Your Hospitalist and your primary care provider work together. Your primary care provider requests the Hospitalist to manage your care during your hospitalization. When you are admitted to the hospital, your Hospitalist will notify your primary care provider of your admission. In addition, your Hospitalist will contact your primary care at any time during your hospitalization for any additional information or pertinent updates. Finally, your Hospitalist will notify your primary care provider of your discharge.
Who Takes Care of Me When I Am Discharged from the Hospital?
- Your Hospitalist will communicate with your primary care provider to discuss your care in the hospital and any necessary follow-up care. Your primary care provider will receive a summary of your stay, including your hospital diagnosis, and treatment.
- You will return to the care of your primary care provider. Hospitalists do not have outpatient practices, so you will not have an appointment to see the Hospitalist after discharge.
- It is important that you follow your discharge instructions, including making any necessary office appointments with your primary care provider.
- Your Hospitalist will make arrangements for any new prescriptions you may need when discharged. Please contact your primary care physician to refill your prescriptions.
- You may contact your Hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.
- If you do not have a physician in the area, your Hospitalist will refer you to one.
Bridgeport Hospital Hospitalists