Augusta Health Hospitalists

Dr. Barrett speaking with a patient​Hospitalists are physicians who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. The Augusta Health Hospitalist Team includes physicians who are board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Practice, and Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners who are specially trained in Hospital Medicine. Our team cares for hospitalized patients who have been referred by Primary Care doctors, Emergency Room doctors, or other physicians at the hospital.

Why is a hospitalist caring for me?

Your Primary Care physician may request that a Hospitalist be in charge of your care during a hospital stay. You will then have the benefit of being cared for by a doctor whose practice is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients, and a Hospitalist is readily available in the facility 24 hours a day. Additionally, this allows your Primary Care doctor to be more accessible to you in the office.

How does the hospitalist practice work?

A Hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day while you are in the hospital. Hospitalists work at the hospital exclusively 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 attending Hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need upon discharge. Since Hospitalists do not have an outpatient practice, you will follow up with your Primary Care doctor or other doctors soon after discharge.

What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician?

The two doctors work together. At the time of your admission and discharge, the Hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to your Primary Care Physician (PCP). Also, your PCP is welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the Hospitalist at any time. When discharged, you will return to the care of your PCP.

If you do not have a regular Primary Care Physician, the Hospitalist or other staff at the hospital can provide you with information.

What if I need another specialist while in the hospital?

Consultations from other physicians are necessary in some cases and the hospitalist can arrange for this as necessary. If you have already been seeing other doctors at Augusta Health or elsewhere, be sure to let the hospitalist know so that we can keep these other physicians informed about your hospital stay.

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