Hospitalist Services

Who is a hospitalist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital?

Our hospitalists are highly qualified physicians specializing in Internal Medicine. Their career choice to dedicate their experience and expertise to hospital medicine places them in a unique position to care for acutely-ill hospitalized patients.

How does the hospitalist program work?

Hospitalists serve as a liaison between you and your primary care physician. They are responsible for your care for the duration of your stay in the hospital. The hospitalists also play a role in identifying the appropriate post-discharge medical needs of uninsured people without any prior primary care.

What are the responsibilities of a hospitalist?

Your hospitalist is responsible for your care while you are in the hospital. This may involve calling consultants from other specialties to care for your special medical needs. He or she is also available to help you and your family better understand your illness, treatment options and recovery.

How often will I see the hospitalist?

A member of the hospitalist team is available 24 hours, seven days a week to address any acute medical issues in the hospital. Above that, their daily duties are to perform patient rounds, monitor progress, review test results and address treatment changes as necessary. They work together efficiently as a team which means that you may be taken care of by more than one hospitalist depending on the length of your stay.

What role will my primary care physician have in my care?

Depending on your condition, the hospitalist and primary care physician may stay in contact with each other to determine your treatment and progress while you are hospitalized.

Will the hospitalist continue to care for me after I am discharged?

As the name suggests, hospitalists only work with you while you are hospitalized. After hospital discharge, you will return to the care of your primary care physician who would be informed about clinical details about your hospital stay. The aim is to decrease an interruption in your recovery.

What if I don't have a primary care physician?

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has a large network of excellent primary care physicians in the community. For a physician referral, call 866-9-MEDSTAR.