Hospitalists an important part of health care team

This is in regard to "Reader's doctor knows her best" (Lettr to the editor, Oct. 16). The misconception that I wanted to correct is the statement that the hospital "doesn't allow" your doctor to see you. Actually, your doctor chose a hospitalist to see her patients during their hospital stay. This allows your primary care physician to be more available in her office, not have to run back-and-forth between there and the hospital seeing patients, or to be on-call 24/7.

A hospitalist is a trained physician that specializes in internal medicine, complex diagnoses, and care in an acute care setting. Having a hospitalist on your health care team benefits you since you have your primary care physician communicating with your hospitalist to make your plan of care. Additionally, a hospitalist provides more personalized attention and care, is available 24/7, and hospitalists reduce hospital stays by 12 percent.

Your primary care physician cannot be everywhere at once and during your hospital stay, a hospitalist can provide the expertise and attention needed to get you back home. Hospitalists are an important member of your healthcare team, who work closely with your primary care physician to provide the best care while you are in the hospital.

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