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Each Health Quest hospital has a board certified physician called a hospitalist who takes charge of your care 24/7.

At all three Health Quest hospitals, we employ a physician called a hospitalist who is in charge of your daily care. In fact, we provide a team of hospitalists who are entirely focused on taking care of hospitalized patients. For us, that means more efficiency and coordination among the hospital staff that serves you. For you, that means the comfort of knowing you have individualized physician care 24/7.

If you have a primary care physician, he or she will arrange for a hospitalist to be in charge of your care as long as you are in the hospital. When you leave the hospital, you will return to the care of your primary care physician.

If you don’t have a primary care physician when you enter the hospital, one of our emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital will refer one to you. Since our hospitalists do not see patients outside the hospital, we can also assist you in finding a primary care physician when you’re discharged.

All hospitalist physicians are board certified in internal or family medicine.

How Your Hospitalist Serves You

A hospitalist will see you every day that you are in the hospital to direct and coordinate your care. Hospitalists are available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your treatment. Because hospitalists works at the hospital, they can also attend to any emergencies that may arise.

When necessary, your hospitalist can arrange consultations for your care with other physicians and specialists. Also, be sure to let your hospitalist know if any other doctors, besides your primary care physician, should be informed about your hospital stay.

When you are discharged, your hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you will need. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care physician, or other doctors, soon after discharge, to follow up on your condition. Make sure you take your prescriptions with you.

Contacting Your Hospitalist

The best time to reach your hospitalist is between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM. After hours, you can contact the designated hospitalist on duty, who will have access to your medical information. When your primary care physician is busy, a hospitalist is always on call to look after you, answer questions and make sure you receive the best care possible.

Pediatric Hospitalist

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?

Pediatric Hospitalists are pediatricians who are specialized in caring for children admitted to the hospital. At Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the hospitalists are on-site 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to respond quickly to emergencies or changes in your child’s condition. They can also promptly coordinate your child’s individualized care with specialists (such as a cardiologist or surgeon), the laboratory, radiology, and other services, as needed.

What to expect?

Upon arrival to the Pediatric Unit at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, your child will be under the care of a hospitalist or a nurse practitioner, who will coordinate your child’s care until he or she returns home. During your child’s stay, you may see more than one hospitalist, depending on the length of your child’s hospitalization and the rotation of the hospitalist group. The pediatric hospitalist will communicate with your child’s primary care physician throughout your child’s stay – upon admission to establish the plan of care, with ongoing updates on your child’s condition, and at discharge.

A hospitalist will see your child every day and as needed throughout his or her hospitalization. At the time of discharge, the hospitalist will speak with you and provide instructions for your child’s at-home care and follow up. After your child is discharged from the hospital, his or her primary care physician will resume the care of your child.