It's an old idea but a new way of working developed over the past 18 years. Hospitalists are generalists, doctors who provide general and more holistic medical care to patients. And they're based within the hospital to focus on inpatient care. It's a discipline developed in response to the increasing complexity and specialization of medical care. Our hospitalist program doctors and nurse practitioners specialize in taking care of hospitalized patients. They are available in the hospital 24/7 to provide the right care at the right time for each patient.
Your hospital stay
Your doctor may request the services of a St. Luke's Hospitalist while you're a hospital patient. St. Luke's was the first hospital in Cedar Rapids to use hospitalists. There is also a state-of-the-art pediatric hospitalist program caring for hospitalized children.
Hospitalization can be overwhelming for many patients because they are in an unfamiliar environment away from their comfort zones. Our goal is to make every patient's hospital stay pleasant and help them recover so that they can return home as soon as possible. We have a friendly team who strive to build the same trustworthy relationship with you as your family doctor.
While you're in the hospital:
- Your doctor remains available for consultation.
- Your doctor is kept informed of your admission, discharge and any change in your condition.
- After discharge from the hospital, you will be seen by your regular doctor.
Caring for complex illnesses
Hospitalists have expertise in caring for very complex patients and illnesses. Our hospitalist team has specialized training to deal with more difficult cases and is able to diagnose, treat and identify potential problems.
You hospitalist will:
- Coordinate hospital care, including ordering diagnostic tests and establishing a treatment plan.
- Arrange for specialty care.
- Work with specialists for more coordinated, evidenced-based, compassionate care.
- Respond - during the day or night - to your needs and those of your family and nurses, resulting in fewer delays in care.
When you're released from St. Luke's, your family doctor receives all of the medical records from your hospital stay. The hospitalist team arranges for close follow-up to ensure the ongoing treatment plan continues, even after you've left the hospital. The hospitalist team may call you at home to ensure you understand your newly prescribed medications and any plans for follow-up appointments. They'll check to make sure your health continues to improve.
To learn more about the hospitalist program at St. Luke's call (319) 368-5970.