Hospitalist Medicine is one of the newest and fastest growing medical specialties in the United States and most hospitals now rely on a team of Hospitalists to provide inpatient care to their patients. At St. Mary’s Hospital, this team provides 24-hour on-site physician coverage and works closely with your outpatient providers to best care for your needs during hospitalization, as well as during your transition at time of discharge.
St. Mary’s Hospital has been working with their Hospitalist program since October of 2006. Since that time, the team has continued to grow steadily. Our hospitalist medicine program Facility Medical Director is Dr. Nosa D. Aigbe Lebarty, and he and his team offer a comprehensive team-based approach to provide you and your loved one with high-quality, compassionate interactions. As Dr. William Mayer, Medical Director for St. Mary's Healthcare states, “Primary care doctors whose practice is based in the community are busy seeing patients in their offices and may have limited time to visit their patients when they enter the hospital. Our study of the Hospitalist Service, however, shows that even minor delays in ordering tests or discharging patients can be improved through the coordinated efforts of the Hospitalist and the Primary Care Physician.”
Why hospitalist medicine Your safe, efficient, high quality hospital care requires teamwork - hospital physicians, nurses, case managers, pharmacists, and therapists all work together to provide you with the best possible care. To ensure the team is always coordinated and its members in touch with each other, we have a hospitalist provider in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the hospitalist physician is also immediately available to you and your family. Patients who are in the hospital to heal and recover therefore benefit from the attention of the entire hospital team, which includes communicating with your outpatient physician when and where applicable.
Communication When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician's office is informed about your admission and the hospitalist physician communicates with your physician to better understand your medical history, and to ensure you receive the best treatment possible. The hospitalist physician, however, becomes your primary doctor for your inpatient stay.
At the time of discharge, the hospitalist physician and your primary physician again communicate in order to plan your follow-up treatments, medications, referrals, and the timing of your next appointment with your primary physician. The hospitalist physician also sends records of your hospitalization to your primary physician.
Note: If you have any questions about any aspect of this process, someone from the hospitalist team is always available to explain it to you.
Care & trust While you are under our hospitalist's care, your primary physician tusts that you will always receive excellent care. To keep this trust, our hospitalist physician strives to treat you with respect, to listen to all your concerns and questions, and to explain all of your ongoing and follow-up care. The hospitalist's role ends only once you are discharged and your primary physician has again take charge of your care.
Our team of Hospitalist Physicians Thank You for letting them provide you with excellent care!
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