During your stay at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital you will be cared for by one of our staff physicians known as a hospitalist. These doctors are board certified in Internal Medicine and devote their practice to patients in our hospital. Hospitalists are specially trained to treat medical issues that most often lead to a hospital stay and they manage your care until you are ready to be discharged.
Here is information that to help you better understand how your care will be provided:
How the Hospitalist Service works
An Emergency Department doctor or your primary care physician may request that a hospitalist be in charge of your care. The Hospitalist Service is made up of a team of doctors who provide around-the-clock care at Salinas Valley Memorial. One member of the team will be in charge of your care from the time you are admitted to the time you leave the hospital. This doctor may see you more than once a day, if needed, to coordinate care, order tests, arrange family conferences and make treatment decisions in consultation with specialists and your primary care physician.
The hospitalist, along with a SVMHS nurse case manager, will help make arrangements for any prescriptions and other follow-up care that you may need after you leave the hospital. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care physician or a specialist. If you do not have a primary care physician, our Hospitalist Service will help you find one and set up a follow-up visit. Your primary care physician will be responsible for your care after you leave the hospital, including authorizing refills of prescriptions and following up on test results. While you won't have an appointment with the hospitalist after you are discharged, you are welcome to contact that doctor if you have questions about your hospital stay.
Hospitalists and your primary care physician
The two physicians will work together on your care while you are in the hospital. Your primary care physician will share information about your health history with the hospitalist, and the two doctors will discuss any significant findings. Your doctor is welcome to check on you and discuss your treatment with the hospitalist at any time during your stay. The hospitalist prepares detailed reports of your condition, test results and treatment plans when you are admitted and again when you are discharged and sends these records to your primary care physician. Your primary care physician asks the hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are in the hospital.
If you or your family have questions about our Hospitalist Service, please call (831) 759-3257.