These days, patients need intense support and the hospitalist program increases the availability of physicians throughout the day. Nurses and other ancillary care staff find hospitalists are more available to respond to emergencies or other issues that may arise with their patients. Instead of visiting a patient once per day, a hospitalist is available to see a patient many times during the day as conditions require. Under this program, it is not necessary for the hospital staff to call a primary care physician’s office, wait for a return call, or wait until after office hours for the patient to be visited by the doctor.
The hospitalist program also improves access for other patients by allowing primary care physicians to focus on office visits without being called away or making daily rounds at multiple hospitals and nursing homes. Dreyer physicians who are not based in the hospital have additional appointment times available and have a better opportunity to stay on schedule with shorter waiting room times.
For more information, please see the full article, Hospitalists Improve Patient Care, by Dr. Lisa Groskopf.