Vail Valley Medical Center's hospitalists coordinate and ensure continuity of care for patients from admission to discharge. Adult hospitalists are medical doctors, usually internists, who specialize in inpatient care. Pediatric hospitalists' are also board-certified medical doctors whose primary focus is the care of hospitalized children. By focusing their practice on the care of hospitalized patients, hospitalists gain a great deal of experience in the unique aspects of patients' needs during their hospital stay. Hospitalists typically spend most or all of their work day in the hospital, and thus can be readily available to their patients. They do not take appointments.
The hospitalist program provides:
Communication between the hospitalist and the patient's referring physician and primary care physician
A familiar and consistent approach to inpatient care
A consultative resource for physicians - all patients are returned to their referring physician for ongoing care
On-call care including:
- Care of newborns in the Women’s and Children’s Center
- Consults in the Emergency Department and hospital
- Admission of pediatric/teen patients to the Patient Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit
- Phone consultation for physicians practicing in the community
- High quality, patient-centered care, in the tradition of Vail Valley Medical Center
The Hospitalist program is a service of Vail Valley Medical Center.