Hospitalists at LMH Health
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in taking care of people in the hospital. All hospitalists at LMH Health are trained in internal medicine or family practice.
Hospitalists at LMH Health don’t have medical practices outside the hospital, so that means we are available to visit you quickly and as often as necessary.
What does a hospitalist do?
LMH Health Hospitalists are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may receive care from them if you’re 18 and older.
If a doctor decides you need inpatient care, they notify our team. We get to work immediately and begin to prepare for your care, so they’re ready when you arrive.
Expect us to help you make a smooth transition to the hospital while keeping your wait time to a minimum. If you’re in our Emergency Department, a hospitalist can visit you there within minutes. We also can admit you directly from your doctor’s office.
During your stay, hospitalists:
- Coordinate your treatment
- Consult with specialists
- Schedule and review your tests
- Monitor your progress
- Update you on your care
- Keep in touch with your primary care doctor
How does a hospitalist work with my doctor?
One of our hospitalists serves as the attending doctor (the physician in charge of your care) when you’re admitted to the hospital. We communicate with your primary care doctor as needed during your stay. Trust us not to discuss your care with your family or friends without your consent.
When you leave the hospital, we provide your doctor with information about your stay. This includes:
- Brief synopsis of your stay
- Medication list
- Detailed final case summary
We also will update your doctor if you have further treatment recommendations or recommended follow-up care.
Can a hospitalist become my permanent doctor?
A hospitalist isn’t a substitute for your primary care doctor. You can’t make an appointment with us. We also don’t refill medications after you’re discharged. Prescriptions filled before your discharge are limited to a 30-day supply. Make sure to follow up with your doctor within one to four weeks after your discharge, as directed.