Q&A about Hospitalists
What is the relationship between my primary care physician and the hospitalist?
The two doctors work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the two doctors can discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of your admission and discharge the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to your primary care physician.Your primary care physician asks the hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are in the hospital, but is always welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the hospitalist anytime during your hospital stay. When you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care physician.
What if I need a specialist while I'm in the hospital?
Consultations from other physicians are necessary in some cases and the hospitalist can arrange for this as needed. If you have already been seeing other doctors at Hillcrest or elsewhere, be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.How to contact us: If you would like to speak with one of the hospitalists while you or a member of your family is a patient at Hillcrest, it is best to ask your nurse to page the doctor. Otherwise, you can reach us at:
Hillcrest Hospitalist Service
100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd
Waco, Texas 76712