A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized
patients. Hospitalists fill the same role in the hospital that your primary
care physician serves in the outpatient setting. Hospitalists round on
their patients at least once daily and work in the hospital with specialists
(including cardiologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, etc.) and ancillary
staff (registered nurses, nursing assistants, dieticians, therapists,
etc.) to form a cohesive team.
Hospitalists have been providing high quality inpatient care at Mission
Hospital since the 1990s. The Mission Heritage Hospitalist program continues
to grow to serve the needs of the hospital and South Orange County. All
Mission Heritage Hospitalists are board-certified and provide care 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. They are familiar with hospital policies,
procedures and staff.
A hospitalist admits a patient into the hospital from the emergency room,
urgent care, or outpatient clinic. They review the patient’s medical
records, then perform a history and physical examination. One or more
hospitalists may follow a patient during a hospital stay. During this
time, hospitalists regularly communicate with specialists and, when appropriate,
the primary care physician. Because a hospitalist is always available
in house, they can readily respond to emergencies and changes in a patient’s status.
Upon the patient's discharge, the hospitalist creates a discharge summary
detailing the course and events of the hospitalization. Included in this
summary are the patient’s discharge instructions including diet,
medications, activity level, and follow-up appointments. A copy of the
History and Physical report and Discharge Summary is sent to the patient's
primary care physician and specialists to optimize transfer of care.
Mission Heritage Hospitalists strive to make the patient’s stay as
pleasant as possible. Our philosophy is that patients and their loved
ones are the most important partner in their care. By listening to patients
and treating them with courtesy and respect, Mission Heritage Hospitalists
go above and beyond to provide exceptional medical care.