Your primary care physician may, with your consent, ask one of our hospitalists to coordinate and oversee your hospital care from admission to discharge. During that time, the hospitalist will give frequent care updates to your physician.
A hospitalist is involved in every aspect of your hospital stay, including:
- Coordinating and providing your medical care. This may include working with medical and surgical consultants, physical and occupational therapists, discharge planners, dietitians, and clergy.
- Ordering laboratory or X-ray tests.
- Providing regular care updates to you and your family.
- Communicating frequently about your care with your primary care physician.
The benefits of having a hospitalist care for you include:
- On-site care. Since they're hospital-based and provide 24/7 on-call coverage, hospitalists can rapidly coordinate your care and respond quickly to any changes in your condition.
- Shorter hospital stays. Patients cared for by hospitalists usually have shorter hospital stays, and are just as satisfied with their care.
- Easy access to a hospitalist. Patients and their families have the opportunity for more frequent one-on-one contact with the hospitalist, ensuring that your questions are promptly answered.
Hospitalist care ends when you are discharged from the hospital. You can rest assured that your hospitalist will speak with your primary care doctor on or near the day of discharge and send a report about your care while at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. Although you will be transitioning back to your primary care physician, it's not at all uncommon for patients to call the hospitalist back to ask a question about their care. And know that if for some reason you're readmitted, it will likely be the same hospitalist who will again assume your overall care.
If you would like more information about our hospitalist program, please contact your primary care physician or call 203.789.3203.
Daytime physicians coordinate a patient's care while he/she is in the hospital. They work together with outpatient providers, as well as with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals to provide hospital-level care.
Steven Angelo, MD
Sharyu Bande, MD
Elizabeth Bekui, MD
Jaya Gobin, MD
Ram Illindala, MD
Rasikh Tuktamyshov, MD
Nighttime physicians coordinate a patient's care in the hospital during nighttime hours.