The local hospital medicine team is in charge of a patient’s care around the clock during a hospital stay, responsible for:

Communication with patients and families

  • Listening to learn the patient’s wishes and values
  • Making things understandable and answering the patient’s questions

Collaboration with other caregivers

  • Calling on other consultants and ordering tests needed to diagnose and treat a condition
  • Consulting with the care team to develop the care plan
  • Monitoring to assure care is safe, effective and efficient

Coordination at admission and discharge

  • Contacting the patient’s primary physician, surgeon or other specialist to share information
  • Planning for the patient’s transfer out of the hospital and for appropriate follow-up care

The team focuses on providing excellent hospital care. This means improving patient satisfaction and outcomes, along with shortening hospital stays and reducing the likelihood of a return hospital admission.

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Also, watch our video on Hospital Medicine and learn how the Hospital Medicine team coordinates with primary care providers to assure patients have the care they need from the moment the patient enters the hospital.