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Hospital Medicine Program

What is a Hospitalist?

Hospitalists are physicians who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. North Oaks Medical Center Hospitalists are board-certified. They see hospitalized patients who have been referred to them by Primary Care Physicians, Emergency Room Physicians or other Physicians at the hospital. As such, they are based in the hospital and will manage and coordinate all aspects of your hospital stay at North Oaks Medical Center from admission until discharge. North Oaks Medical Center Hospitalists will work closely with your Primary Care Physician and any Consulting Physicians involved in your care.

Why is a Hospitalist caring for me?

Your own Primary Care Physician has requested that a North Oaks Medical Center Hospitalist be in charge of your care during your stay at North Oaks Medical Center. In this way, you have the benefit of being seen by a Physician whose practice is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients. Additionally, this can enable your Primary Care Physician to be more available to you and other patients in the office, rather than trying to go back and forth between seeing patients in the office and the hospital.

How does the Hospitalist practice work?

The North Oaks Medical Center Hospitalist will be in charge of your inpatient care and will see you every day to direct your care while you are in the hospital. The Hospitalist will be available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The Hospitalist works at North Oaks Medical Center full-time to provide for your care and attend to any needs that may arise. The Hospitalist may consult other Physicians to participate in your care as well.

What is the relationship between the Hospitalist and my Primary Care Physician?

The two Physicians will work closely together. Your Primary Care Physician can provide information about your past health history to the Hospitalist, and the two Physicians can discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of admission and discharge, the Hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to your Primary Care Physician. Communication continues between the Hospitalist and your Primary Care Physician throughout your stay at North Oaks Medical Center

Your Primary Care Physician has asked the Hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are at North Oaks Medical Center, but is welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the Hospitalist during your hospital stay.

What if I need another Specialist in the hospital?

Your Hospitalist will make arrangements for any in-hospital consultations with other Physicians (Specialists). If you have already been seeing other Physicians at North Oaks Medical Center or elsewhere, be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.

What happens to my care at discharge?

Since the Hospitalist does not have an office-based practice, you will continue care with your Primary Care Physician upon your discharge. The Hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You may be asked to make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician soon after discharge. You are welcome to contact the Hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.

What if I don’t have a regular Primary Care Physician?

The Hospitalist, or any other member of the medical staff at North Oaks Medical Center can assist in finding a Physician for you to see after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this Physician.

Will I receive a separate bill for the Hospitalist services?

Yes, the Hospitalist services bill is separate from the hospital bill. North Oaks Medical Center Hospitalists are Physicians who provide direct clinical treatment, diagnostic services and supervision of care for patients they are assigned at North Oaks Medical Center. The North Oaks Central Business Office will invoice your insurance company as provided at registration and then bill you for any monies that are the patient’s responsibility (co-pays and deductible amounts). If you have any questions regarding your Hospitalist services bill, please contact the North Oaks Central Business Office 8–5 p.m. on weekdays at (985) 230-5892.

How do I contact a Hospitalist at North Oaks Medical Center?

If you or a family member would like to speak with a member of the Hospitalist team during the course of your inpatient stay, please ask your nurse to contact us as follows:

Hospitalist Office (985) 230-3066