Like many health care facilities across the country, Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is utilizing hospitalists to provide inpatient care. Hospitalists help enhance services, improve efficiencies, reduce length of stay and assist local primary care physicians with better quality of life.
Hospitalists admit all unassigned patients from the Emergency Room and provide inpatient medical consults for specialists. Many local primary care physicians are also choosing to have their patients taken care of by hospitalists when admitted to TRMC. This is not a mandate by TRMC. Some area family physicians and internists have elected to use the hospitalists in order to focus more on outpatient care.
What is a hospitalist? Hospitalists are physicians whose primary focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are focused around a site of care (the hospital) rather than an organ (like cardiology), a disease (like oncology) or a patient's age (like pediatrics). However, unlike medical specialists in the emergency department or critical care units, hospitalists help manage patients during their entire hospital stay, often seeing patients in the ER, following them into the critical care unit and organizing post-acute care. Most hospitalists are internists and some are family medicine physicians.
What does that mean for me? The hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. Hospitalists at Tift Regional Medical Center are in the hospital 24 hours a day. They work to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. They may consult other doctors to participate in your care as well. Your primary physician and the hospitalists work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the two doctors can discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of your admission and discharge the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to your primary care physician.
How does this benefit me? Being treated by a hospitalist gives you the benefit of being seen by a doctor whose practice is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients. Additionally, this can enable your primary care doctor to be more available to you in the office, rather than trying to go back and forth between seeing patients in the office and in the hospital. Because of their deep understanding of inpatient care and their location within the hospital, hospitalists are able to recognize disorders, anticipate problems and rapidly respond to crises or changes in a patient's condition. They are also able to spend even more time with you and your family members to answer any questions you may have.
Still have questions?
If you would like to speak with one of the hospitalists while you or a member of your family is in the hospital, it is best to ask the nurse caring for you to page the doctor. Otherwise, you can reach us at (229) 353-6051.
Please note: hospitalists at Tift Regional Medical Center are employees of Team Health, Hospital Physician Services, Southeast, P.C. which has a contract with Tift Regional Medical Center to provide services. Team Health is not owned or operated by Tift Regional Medical Center. Hospitalists are not employees or agents of Tift Regional Medical Center, but Team Health physicians are members of the Tift Regional Medical Center medical staff. Team Health does utilize services of mid-level providers.