Today, many family physicians care for patients on an outpatient basis only. If you are admitted to Henry Ford 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.
Henry Ford 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, Henry Ford Allegiance Health has nurse practitioners who work closely with the hospitalists to provide prompt, high quality care.
Henry Ford 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 Henry Ford 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
You may see more than one hospitalist during your stay. The hospitalists operate as a team. They meet daily to determine the best course of treatment for you and to stay up to date on your care.
Yes. You are an important partner in your care. The more you and your family understand about your illness and treatment, the better you can help prevent complications and future problems. Hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day and have time to adequately address your questions and concerns.
Yes. Henry Ford Allegiance hospitalists will make sure that your primary care provider is involved in your treatment and is fully informed of your illness and care.
Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be cared for by your family physician. In the event you may need a follow-up appointment with a specialist, this will be arranged at the time of discharge and your family physician will be notified.