As a patient, you may have a hospitalist assigned that will keep your personal physician informed of your treatment and progress.
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center started the very first hospitalist program in the state in 1999 with four physicians on board. The program has consistently added new physicians for a current total of 13 plus 2 nurse practitioners and 1 physician assistant.
Nationally, in 1999, there were 3000 practicing hospitalists, but by the end of 2005, more than 15,000 were in place. The projections are that by 2010 there will be more than 30,000 hospitalists.
You will find them practicing only inside the medical center where they specialize in treating hospitalized patients. National studies show these physicians increase quality, safety and efficiency of care. Their value is growing right along with their numbers.