What Is a Hospitalist?
Kathryn Perkins, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and practices at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.
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If you are a patient in a hospital, are you being cared for by a hospitalist?
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A hospitalist is a physician whose primary focus is to care for patients in a hospital setting. Usually, hospitalists are specialists in internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics.
According to Dr. Kathryn Perkins, Chief Medical Officer at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, the hospitalist has the ability to communicate with your regular physician by phone or electronically as often as is necessary.
Think of the hospitalist as a consulting specialist in hospital care that assists your primary care provider to ensure that you receive the best possible care when you are hospitalized.
When your medical needs call for specialty care, the hospitalist works closely with the specialist you have already or, if needed, consults a specialist that is a member of the hospital’s medical staff. The communication with you and your specialist is usually more timely and efficient.
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