As medicine in the 21st century becomes increasingly complex, specialized, and fast-paced, Greenville Regional Hospital continues to stay abreast with innovations in health care practices. Medical care in the hospital has become especially sophisticated, with many new diagnostic and treatment options surfacing every year. Our mission is to provide compassionate care and improve lives. The employment of a hospitalist physician greatly advances our patient care capabilities.
Why Won’t I Be Seen By My Primary Care Physician?
Greenville Regional Hospital’s hospitalist service was initiated at the request of our medical staff. This service is fully endorsed by all of our family physicians and allows them to see more patients in their office each day, thus reducing patient wait times when making an appointment to see them. Your family physician may drop in and see how you are doing while under the hospitalist’s care.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities may include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital care. Hospital medicine is a specialty organized around a site of care (the hospital), rather than an organ (cardiology), a disease (oncology), or a patient’s age (pediatrics). Unlike medical specialists in the emergency department or critical care units, hospitalists help manage patients through their entire hospital stay, often seeing patients in the ER, following them in the inpatient care unit, and organizing after-hospital care.
How are hospitalists trained?
The physicians serving Greenville Regional as hospitalists are board certified and are full members of the hospital medical staff. These physicians are trusted colleagues of our Greenville physicians; all of whom support this program with enthusiasm.
What are the benefits of the hospitalist system?
The utilization of a hospitalist ensures continuity of care for our patients. Patients and families appreciate having a hospital physician available to them throughout the day. Our Greenville physicians appreciate having more time to devote to their office practices. Previously, physicians at local medical practices—such as Greenville Medical Associates, McCracken-Dawdy- Hall Family Practice, and the Goggin medical office—were required to spend a portion of their day making rounds, checking on hospitalized patients and responding to numerous phone calls from the hospital throughout the day. This time commitment kept doctors from seeing more patients in their offices. By having a hospitalist care for our inpatients, primary care physicians can spend their entire day at their practice and see more patients. More patients seen daily translates to a shorter wait time for appointments. It also allows these physicians to focus on office medicine, which is their primary interest. Our mission is to serve the medical needs of our community and we believe the hospitalist program helps Greenville Regional and our physicians do just that.
Do hospitalists help reduce healthcare costs?
Many studies show that hospitalists can reduce hospital lengths of stay by more than 30 percent and reduce hospital costs by up to 20 percent while increasing quality of care and patient satisfaction. Case studies, compiled by The Advisory Board of Washington, D.C., demonstrate that hospitalists were successful in reducing lengths of stay and costs per case across every geographic region in the United States; one of the reasons why hospitals, insurers, and economic and quality forces are propelling the shift to hospitalists as a way to improve the efficiency of care for hospitalized patients.
Will my primary care physician be aware of my treatment during my stay?
Tests and procedures are ordered by the hospitalist who reviews the results and communicates with the patient’s primary care physician. Upon discharge, patients are provided discharge instructions and prescriptions. A summary of findings and treatment plans are sent to the patient’s primary care physician. Patients will visit the primary care physician for follow-up consultations.