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Hospitalist program

If you are admitted as a patient to West Park Hospital (WPH), you may be cared for by one or more hospitalists during your stay.

What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. The hospitalists at WPH are board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine. Hospitalists do not see patients outside the hospital so they are able to give their complete attention to patients in the hospital.

Who is on the hospitalist team?

In addition to physicians, the hospitalist team includes our WPH nursing team. They are available around-the-clock to provide care to patients in the hospital. Meet our hospitalists.

Who is cared for by a hospitalist?

  • Patients of local physicians and medical groups who have decided to use the hospitalist service
  • Patients who do not have a primary care physician
  • Patients from outside the area who do not have a local primary care physician

Advantages of being cared for by a hospitalist

  • Hospitalists work only in the hospital and are available 24 hours a day.
  • Hospitalists are easily accessible in emergencies and when questions or concerns arise.
  • Hospitalists are very familiar with the hospital procedures and processes at WPH. This allows them to function efficiently in ordering tests, consulting other specialists and adjusting treatments.
  • Knowing their hospitalized patients are under expert care, primary care physicians are able to spend more uninterrupted time caring for their office-based patients.

When will I see my primary care physician?

Your primary care physician may visit you while you are in the hospital. However, it is more common that you will see your primary care physician after you are discharged from the hospital.

Will I receive a separate bill for hospitalist services?

Yes. The billing process for hospitalist care is similar to being billed by your primary care physician for a hospital visit. If you have any questions, please contact WPH's patient care services office at 307.578.2500.

How does the hospitalist work with my doctor?

When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician is informed of the admission.

While you are in the hospital, the hospitalist will supervise your care. The hospitalist and your primary care physician will communicate as needed throughout your hospital stay. Depending on the length of your stay, you may see more than one hospitalist.

The hospitalist will ensure a smooth transition back to your primary care physician once you leave the hospital. If you do not have a primary care physician, the hospitalist will help refer you to one when you leave the hospital.

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If you have any additional questions about the hospitalist service or need more information, ask your nurse to contact the hospitalist on call.

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