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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.