Hospitalists Provide Round-the-Clock Care for Hospitalized Patients

September 3, 2009

zuberi“Studies have shown that patients are comfortable and satisfied while being treated by hospitalists.We communicate with their primary care physicians and collaborate with them on decisions that need to be made for the patient. We also consult with specialists as needed and coordinate patient care with them, ensuring all the involved physicians communicate and are aware of medicines and treatment options.”

Babar Zuberi, MD
Hospitalist
Board Certified in Internal Medicine

The hospitalist field is a relatively new specialty, having emerged only during the past decade. Floyd Memorial Hospital is the only Southern Indiana hospital that has a hospitalist program available to patients.

Hospitalists are doctors who oversee the care of patients who do not have a primary care physician visiting them in the hospital. According to Dr. Lyle Beard, a hospitalist at Floyd Memorial Hospital, this can include patients who do not have a doctor, whose doctor lives too far from the hospital for visits or those whose doctors choose to use hospitalists to care for their inpatients so that they can care for patients in their offices. All hospitalists at Floyd Memorial are board certified in Internal Medicine.

As Dr. Beard explained, “Hospitalists coordinate care for hospitalized patients, including scheduling consultations with specialists, prescribing medication, ordering and evaluating tests and interacting with the nursing staff. We’re hospital based and do not have an outpatient practice, so we’re always readily available should a patient need medication adjusted or a medical condition changes. Patients receive prompt attention during their hospital stay and have peace of mind knowing that their attending physician is available around the clock.”

beard“We see the patients from start to finish of their stay, and keep the communication open between the patient, their family and the patient’s primary care physician. We also encourage the patient to see their primary care physician on a regular basis after they leave the hospital.”

Lyle Beard, MD
Hospitalist
Board Certified in Internal Medicine

A Physician Resource and Partner in Your Care

Hospitalists’ knowledge is wide-ranging, and often, they can attend to patients when a primary care physician can’t get to the hospital, Dr. Beard said. “Hospitalists can be a good resource for patients who do not have a primary care physician or who live in rural areas too far away for physicians to visit,” said Dr. Babar Zuberi, medical director of Floyd Memorial’s Hospitalist program. “We can also be a resource for primary care physicians who want to have a partner working with them who can help care for their patients while they are hospitalized.”

For patients, having a hospitalist who is readily available can be a source of comfort.“Patients and families appreciate the services of an advocate for their care in the hospital who can attend to any medical need they have at any given moment. When urgent care or changes in care are needed, it is very helpful to have someone right there, who can communicate with specialists and the family and take action as needed,” noted Dr. Zuberi.