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During your hospital stay, you’re going to be in contact with a lot of different medical professionals. One group of physicians who may be taking care of you is called hospitalists.

Hospitalists specialize in inpatient medicine, which means they care for patients who are admitted to the hospital. They are physicians who are trained in internal medicine or family practice medicine.

Let’s say you are treated in the emergency room and need to be admitted to the hospital. The emergency medical team can contact a hospitalist to begin your admission process. The team of hospitalists then admits you, takes care of you throughout your stay, and discharges you when it’s time to go home.

Hospitalists will collaborate with your primary care provider to share information about your hospitalization and the type of follow-up care needed.

What a Hospitalist Does — and Who They Work With?

The team of hospitalists helps with everything concerning your care while you’re staying in the hospital, including specialist care, case management, and social work.

Specialists treat serious medical conditions when they are referred by your physician. If you have kidney problems, the hospitalist may collaborate with a nephrologist to develop a treatment plan. Similarly, if you have heart problems, a cardiologist may be called in to help with your treatment.

This is why hospitalists coordinate other services, such as social work and case management, into the inpatient care team.

Case managers deal with your medical needs leading up to and after you are discharged from the hospital. For instance, your case manager may:

  • Identify discharge planning needs and initiate referrals to other professionals.
  • Collaborate with all members of the health care team (e.g. physicians, primary nurse, social worker, registration, risk management, and medical records) to effect a medically appropriate and timely discharge.

Social workers coordinate with hospitalists to help with your medical and non-medical needs, such as:

  • Actively participating in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team to formulate and implement a treatment plan, including discharge planning.
  • Assisting with responsibilities such as financial resource referrals, transportation arrangements, hospice services, nursing home and rehab referrals, as well as other necessary supports.
  • Contributing appropriately to the treatment plan based upon assessment, which includes client/family/caregiver issues and concerns.
  • Communicating in a clear, concise, and timely manner with patients, families, caregivers, and treatment staff.

At Stormont Vail Health, it’s important to only discharge patients when we know they will have a safe and successful return home.

For example, seniors often need a little extra care when they get home. However, they may live far away from their adult children or family members who would be able to help. Support services can ensure that patients have the resources to recover.

With so many people involved in a patient’s care, the hospitalist coordinates that information, develops a plan of care, and communicates that plan to everyone involved.

Your family members can also talk to your hospitalist team about the best time to visit during your hospital stay. Our team will also hold family meetings to share information from the medical team.

About Our Hospitalists

Stormont Vail Hospital has more than 20 hospitalists on staff. Our team of hospitalists has experience with many serious conditions that require a hospital stay.

As a patient, you can be admitted by one hospitalist, then assigned to a different hospitalist the next day, though we’ll try to make sure you’ll see the same physician as much as possible. Otherwise, physicians will communicate with each other during the transition since they work closely with the next doctor to take on their patient’s care. This is done as part of our commitment to providing continuity of care.

We have also pediatric hospitalists on staff to treat patients under 18 years of age.

Next Steps For Patients

More About Hospitalists

To learn more about the role of a hospitalist, call (785) 354-5242.

See a Primary Care Provider

If you’ve been discharged from the hospital, follow up with your primary care provider. They will be able to access any notes from your hospitalist. Call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with your Stormont Vail primary care provider.
Not a Stormont Vail patient? Call (785) 270-4440 to set up your first appointment with one of our primary care providers.

Check With Your Insurance

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.


You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

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Next Steps For Referring Providers

Stormont Vail Health emergency physicians can use the EPIC system to refer patients.