What is a Hospitalist?
- A Hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in the care of acutely ill patients in the hospital.
- He/she usually does not have a private medical practice, or an office, outside the hospital.
- Most Hospitalists are trained in either Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Many have extra training in other specialties as well.
What is the Middlesex Hospital Hospitalist Service?
- The Hospitalist Service is a team of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants working to give you around-the-clock medical care while you are hospitalized.
- One Hospitalist may be your primary in-hospital doctor, but on evenings and weekends, other members of the Hospitalist Service are available in the Hospital, and may check in on you and follow your treatment.
Why do I need a Hospitalist?
- Most primary care doctors do not come to the hospital every day, so they rely on hospitalists to provide the specialized, in-hospital care their patients need.
- Because Hospitalists work in the hospital, they can see you more than once a day, if needed. They can also follow up on tests and adjust your treatment throughout the day based on those test results.
When will I see my primary care doctor?
- During your hospital stay, you will be seen by the Hospitalist staff. You will see your regular doctor soon after you are released (discharged) from the hospital.
- By working with a Hospitalist, your primary care physician can be more available in his or her office when you need an office visit.
Who can I talk to about my – or my loved one’s – health while I am here?
- Our Hospitalists are happy to answer your questions. You may speak to them while they visit, or you may contact the Hospitalist Service office.
Can my family members call the Hospitalist office for information?
- We recommend that you choose one person to be the spokesperson for your family and friends. The person you choose should be the main contact between your family and the Hospitalist Service.
- Please keep in mind that the Hospitalist who knows you best is usually available during the day from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. That is the best time for you and your family to talk to him or her.
Will my primary care doctor be told about the treatment I receive?
- Hospitalists talk to primary care doctors often.
- The Hospitalist team member will notify your primary care doctor that you were admitted to the hospital, and will discuss your treatment as necessary.
- The Hospitalist team will also communicate with your primary care doctor when you leave (are discharged from) the hospital, and will send him or her your hospital records.
To contact the Hospitalist Service
- Call the nursing station and they will help you; or
- You may contact the Hospitalist Service directly by calling (860) 358-5322, or by calling the Chief of the Hospitalist Service, Rachel Lovins, M.D., at 860-358-6284.
The best time of day to contact your Hospitalist is between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Middlesex Hospital, Main Number (860) 358-6000 or toll-free: 1-800-664-5031