Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County recently introduced a new service for inpatients called a hospitalist program.
Many larger hospitals throughout the country are taking the hospitalist approach to patient care. Hospitalists are highly-qualified physicians who focus on each patient's care while in the hospital, from time of admission to time of discharge. They do not replace the patient's primary care physician, but work in close consultation with them to provide case management for the patient. A medical doctor will now be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide hospitalist care for patients at Memorial Hospital. Certified Nurse Practitioners will be a part of the Hospitalist team to assist physicians in providing efficient inpatient care. A group of physicians provide complete care for the patients of physicians on staff who have chosen to use the hospitalist service and for patients who currently do not have a primary care physician.
All physicians working as hospitalists will admit patients, order diagnostic tests and lab work, plan treatment, consult with specialists and discharge patients from the hospital. After discharge, a summary of each patient's hospitalization record will be sent to his/her primary care physician and the patient will follow-up with their own physician at his/her office. The administration of Memorial Hospital & Henry County welcomes questions regarding the hospitalist service.
Patients are encouraged to discuss any concerns about hospitalist care with their primary care physician or contact Memorial Hospital’s Public Relations Department at 276-666-7602.