Inpatient Care

Compassionate, expert care you can depend on

Your stay at a Novant Health hospital may occur from surgery, childbirth or its complications, traumatic injuries, or other medical conditions. Our round-the-clock care by our team of inpatient specialists helps you recover until you are well enough to go home. 

Your well-being and recovery are at the center of every decision we make. You can expect compassion and quality care from your inpatient team members across all our medical practices.  

Whatever your reasons for inpatient care, you can trust us to make the right decisions, pay close attention to every detail, and put in the time for your care and comfort every day you are with us. 

Your care team


Our hospitalists are physicians assigned to supervise your care and treatment while you are in the hospital. Your primary inpatient physician works during the day and is called your “attending physician.” Another hospitalist cares for you overnight and receives briefings about your care from your attending physician. Your hospitalists will communicate with your personal physician or specialists to make sure important medical information is shared. 


Depending on the reason for your hospital stay, you may be assigned a specialist—called an intensivist—who will work with your attending physician. Intensivists are critical care specialists who may have expertise in internal medicine, pulmonology, neurology or cardiology. They provide expert care for the sickest patients who are suffering from multiple organ failures.  

Your Hospital Stay - What to Expect

Getting to know you

When you are admitted to a Novant Health hospital, a team of doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses, our inpatient care specialists, will learn more about you.  

Your attending physician will see you daily to direct your treatment. During your Novant Health hospital stay, you will receive the highest standard of inpatient services in our intensive care, surgery, maternity and other specialty units. 

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Sharing your condition

We personalize your care. Our social work team members will engage you about any needs you have and whether you would like to share your treatment plan with a family member.  

With your permission, we will keep your loved ones updated on all aspects of your care and diagnosis. We believe in honest and transparent communication between you and your care team always.  

Coordinating your care

Inpatient clinical teams communicate regularly during your hospital stay. Inpatient team members also communicate daily with you and your primary care physician about your progress.  

Prior to discharge, your attending physician will contact your personal physician to share details about your continued care plan and medications. A follow-up visit with a Novant Health primary care physician will be arranged, if you do not have one. 

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Inpatient Care Units

While you are an inpatient at a Novant Health hospital, you will be cared for in one of our designated medical units: 

Medical surgical unit

This is the most common type of hospital unit where you are recovering from illness or injury or in need of additional care after surgery.

Specialty units

Most of our hospitals have specialty medical surgical units that are focused on treating specific health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, pulmonary distress, behavioral health, maternity and brain and nervous system conditions. 

Intensive care units

Many Novant Health hospitals have intensive care units (ICU) to provide critical care if you or a loved one is facing a life-threatening illness. 

Patient, Nicholas Friedman, reading a book.

Nicholas Friedman’s ICU Story

In the summer of 2021, Nicholas Friedman, then 17, began to have a series of headaches, followed by numbness. He went to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was admitted for aneurysm surgery that saved his life. 

Why Choose Novant Health

Our inpatient care team gets to know who you are and what you prefer, meets you where you are. We are recognized among health organizations that follow objectives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030 for achieving health equity.  

Many of our physicians and team members have been recognized for their work to promote health equity throughout the communities we serve.  

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White boards in every room and orientation by nursing team members help to give you detailed information about our procedures and coordination of your treatment plan. If you have a question for your attending physician, you can put it on the white board or ask your nurse to assist in answering any question you may have for your attending physician. 

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Public transparency about outcomes of care quality sets Novant Health apart. Many of our hospitals earn an “A” grade from Leapfrog, a national health care quality organization that tracks hospital patient safety standards against national benchmarks.  

We use these benchmarks to standardize quality care across our network of hospitals and facilities to make sure every patient gets the highest standard of care to improve their experience and outcomes.  

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Tele-ICU is an extra layer of care that can respond to patient emergencies in seconds.  

Access to experts on demand through our tele-ICU technology and processes means we reduce your serious health risk and prioritize your recovery. The use of tele-ICU technology also greatly reduces rates of readmission. 

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Tele-ICU – How it works

Novant Health uses monitors in ICU rooms that allow critical care team members to respond virtually and at your bedside. Our team responds in seconds to any condition that demands an urgent response or assessment.