At Yuma Regional Medical Center, we want you to receive the best care possible. That is why we offer a comprehensive hospitalist program. During your stay, you may be cared for by doctors who specialize in treating patients only in the hospital setting.
Here are a few of the frequently asked questions we receive about our hospitalist program:
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. The hospitalists at Yuma Regional Medical Center are board-certified and specifically trained to care for and understand the needs of hospitalized patients.
There are many advantages that a hospitalist can provide. Since they are on site 24-hours a day, seven days a week, they are able to provide you with around-the-clock care. If you have a medical emergency at any time during your stay, a hospitalist will be at your bedside within minutes.
How will a hospitalist work with me during my hospital stay?
Together, with your primary care physician, your hospitalist will plan and manage your treatment throughout your inpatient stay at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Once admitted, your hospitalist will coordinate your plan of care and provide honest, considerate answers to your questions. Your hospitalist physician will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your care throughout the day.
Your hospitalist will work with you and your family to personally answer and discuss any questions you may have about your illness, medications and plan of care during your hospital stay. If you need to speak to your hospitalist at any time, simply ask your nurse to page them.
How does the hospitalist know my medical history?
Your hospitalist physician will spend extra time learning about you. At admission, they will contact your primary care physician to review your medical history and current condition. If your primary care physician has an electronic health record system, it may be possible to access your medical history through YRMCCare, YRMC's electronic health record system. He or she will also review any past medical records that you may have at the hospital and will gather information from you and your family.
How does seeing a hospitalist affect my ability to see my primary care physician?
Because hospitalists are in the hospital all day, your primary care physician can be available to you in the office setting with fewer delays and interruptions. Your primary care physician will be able to devote more time to keeping you and your family healthy.
When will I see my primary care physician?
At the time of your discharge, your hospitalist will update your primary care physician on the care you received in the hospital, including any prescriptions given upon discharge, further treatment recommendations or follow-up care. When your discharge instructions are reviewed with you, you will be asked call your primary care physician to schedule a follow-up appointment. It is important to your health that you see your doctor after your hospital stay.
What if I do not have a primary care physician?
Your hospitalist will refer you to a primary care physician and provide him or her with your hospital stay information. As on-going medical care is necessary to keep you healthy, it is important that you establish a relationship and follow up with a primary care physician.