Today, many family physicians care for patients on an outpatient basis only. If you are admitted to Allegiance Health, your physician may refer you to a provider known as a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a specialist who will provide care exclusively for hospitalized patients rather than at a private practice.
Allegiance Health hospitalists are board certified internal medicine physicians, pediatricians and nurse practitioners who specialize in Hospital Medicine.
They are available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Your hospitalist will communicate with your physician regarding your admission to the hospital. Upon discharge, the hospital will provide your physician with a summary of your hospitalization. In addition, Allegiance Health has nurse practitioners who work closely with the hospitalists to provide prompt, high quality care.
Allegiance Health also has a team of pediatric hospitalists on staff to provide consistent care for our youngest patients 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who provide care exclusively for hospitalized children rather than at a private practice. These physicians provide specialized care for children in many areas of the hospital, including Pediatrics, the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby and the Special Care Nursery.
At Allegiance Health, a pediatric hospitalist is always available to:
- Serve as a link between the child, his or her family, and the primary pediatrician or family practice physician
- Answer questions and consult with the child’s family
- Modify treatment, such as a medication change
- Quickly follow up on tests
If a child’s case is especially complex and requires several specialists, the pediatric hospitalist will coordinate the management of the patient’s case. Should a child’s condition take a sudden change, a pediatric hospitalist is readily available at the bedside around the clock.
FAQs About Hospitalists