Highly-specialized physicians for critically-ill patients
When you or a loved one is receiving care at the hospital, it will often be provided by inpatient care specialists known as hospitalists and intensivists. These hospital-based physicians bring an increased level of experience and training that positively impacts quality-of-care and patient safety.
What is a hospitalist? - A hospitalist is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in medical care if you are hospitalized. Typically, your primary care physician will have a hospitalist follow you while you are receiving inpatient treatment. Once treatment is complete, the hospitalist will help you transition back to your primary care physician.
If you do not have a primary care physician, the hospitalist can care for you during your stay. After you are discharged from the hospital, the hospitalist can refer you to a primary care physician for further treatments.
Novant Health’s hospitalists serve you in a variety of ways, including:
- Assess and treat your medical condition throughout your stay
- Coordinate your hospital care including diagnostic tests such as x-rays, blood tests or other procedures
- Arrange specialty care including therapy or consults with other specialists
- Transition your medical care back to your physician who will resume responsibility after discharge
What is an intensivist? - An intensivist is an intensive care specialist whose primary focus is to care for critically-ill patients while they receive inpatient care. These critical care physicians provide around-the-clock care for Novant Health’s sickest patients when they are in a critical care or intensive care unit. In addition to providing the most comprehensive care available, intensivists also provide you and your family with the peace of mind that a physician is continuously monitoring your condition.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Novant Health facility in your area.