Care for Patients in the Hospital
Years ago, general practitioners often had to "squeeze in" time between clinic appointments to check on their patients who were in the hospital. In the 1990s, a new medical specialty called Hospital Medicine, began evolving to help in these kind of situations.
Doctors in the new specialty are called "hospitalists." They are trained to care for patients with serious illnesses or injuries in the hospital. Hospitalists know the ins and outs of working in a hospital and they work closely with nurses and other caregivers who help patients recover.
Patients in the hospital receive attentive care with the reassurance that a hospitalist is on-site at the hospital, around the clock.
Primary-care providers can continue to see other patients who need care in the clinic while knowing their hospitalized patients are receiving timely care and attention from a trained and trusted physician, 24/7.
When patients leave the hospital, hospitalists provide a smooth handoff to the patients' primary-care providers to ensure well-coordinated care after the hospital stay.
Hospitalists at PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth Medical Group has an experienced hospitalist who provides care at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
If you (or a loved one) are hospitalized at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, your primary-care provider may ask PeaceHealth Medical Group’s hospitalist to provide care during the stay.
If you have questions or need to reach the hospitalist on call, talk to a nurse in your unit.
Note: Hospitalists do not have clinic hours and do not see patients by appointment.
After a Hospital Stay
Hospitalists and the nursing staff will create a discharge plan for patients who are ready to leave the hospital. The plan includes steps you will need to take to continue getting better at home.