A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. They are board-certified in internal medicine and rarely see patients outside the hospital so they are able to give their complete attention to patients in the hospital setting. If you have any additional questions about the hospitalist service or need more information, ask your nurse to contact the hospitalist on call. Hospitalists are well-rounded and offer care in the field of pediatrics, chronic pain management, cardiopulmonary services and much more.
Location and Contact
406 E. Elm Street
Carson City, MI 48811
Professional Medical Staff
Joe Patton, DO
Robert Seals, DO
Sati Nichols, NP
Who is on the hospitalist team?
In addition to physicians, the hospitalist team may include physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practioners (NPs). They are available around-the-clock to provide care to patients in the hospital. The Carson Health hospitalist team also utilizes the services of the health care professionals in nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and discharge planning.
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 local or primary care physician.
How does the hospitalist know about me?
Hospitalists communicate with both your primary care physicians and specialists throughout your hospital stay. The hospitalist will obtain any information they need to better care for you from your primary care physician. Carson Hospital’s hospitalists also have access to many patients’ records via Carson Health medical record system. During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment. At discharge, your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up care, and prescribe the necessary medication, and he or she will send your hospital records to your primary care physician.
What are the advantages of being cared for by a hospitalist?
Hospitalists work only in the hospital and are available 24 hours per day.
Hospitalists are easily accessible in emergencies and when questions or concerns arise.
Hospitalists are very familiar with the hospital procedures and processes at Carson Hospital. This allows them to function efficiently when 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.
How does my hospitalist work with my doctor?
- When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician is informed by the hospitalist of your condition. Your physician then transfers the management of care to the hospital team. Depending on the length of your stay, you may see more than one hospitalist.
- While in the hospital, the hospitalist will supervise your care.
- The hospitalist and primary care physician will communicate as needed throughout your hospital stay.
- 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.
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.