Frequently Asked Questions for Hospitalist Team
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines' welcomes the opportunity to personally discuss the health care needs of all their patients. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions.
Why isn't my provider here?
Your provider continues to be interested in your well-being. With more medical care moving to the outpatient setting, there are more and more demands on providers in their office practices. By using a dedicated team of hospital-based providers committing their focus to inpatient care, the delivery of inpatient care can be enhanced. Your provider has entrusted your care to the hospitalist team although your provider remains available for telephone consultation.
Does my provider know I'm here?
Your provider is notified of your admission, discharge and is kept informed of any significant changes on your condition during your hospital stay.
What are the qualifications of a hospitalist?
Hospitalists specialize in the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists have the experience to deliver the highest quality patient care consistently and efficiently within the hospital environment. Each UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Hospitalist is board certified in internal medicine, and as licensed doctors, they obtain continuing medical education every year.
Who will see me after discharge?
You will be seen by your provider after you are discharged home. You may also be scheduled to see one or more specialists who have consulted on your case after you go home. The hospitalist care team will arrange for a follow-up appointment with your provider.
How will my provider know what has happened during my stay in the hospital?
Details of your hospitalization will be communicated in writing to your doctor. Every effort is made to assure a smooth transition.
Do you have an outpatient office?
No, the hospitalists are dedicated to inpatient hospital care and do not see patients outside of the hospital. They focus exclusively on the management of hospitalized patients.
What if I don't have a primary care provider?
At the time of your hospital discharge, the hospitalist care team will arrange appropriate follow-up care from their resources of doctors in the local community.