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Adult Hospitalist Program

What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a dedicated physician who specializes in treating patients in a hospital setting. Emanuel's adult hospitalists are internal and family medicine specialists, while children at Emanuel are treated by pediatric hospitalists affiliated with Children's Hospital Central California in Madera.

What are the benefits of care from a Hospitalist?
Because hospitalists specialize in hospital medicine, studies have found that patients treated by hospitalists do better than hospitalized patients treated by their regular doctors. Hospitalists are familiar with the hospital staff and specialist physicians, as well as with the hospital's policies and procedures. This ensures that the highest quality of care is provided to each patient.

Hospitalists are available to Emanuel patients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing the focused attention required to coordinate the best possible patient care. The hospitalist monitors your progress and communicates with you, your family and your primary care physician.

How does the program work?
During your stay at Emanuel, you will receive most of your care from one hospitalist, a doctor from Primary Critical Care Medical Group, which is a hospitalist medical group. Your hospitalist physician will make daily bedside visits, and communicate with your regular doctor and other Emanuel specialists as needed.
At night, on weekends, and on certain weekdays you may be seen by another member of the group or by a Physician Assistant.

What happens when I go home?
When you are discharged, your hospitalist will review and summarize your treatment with your personal doctor to ensure there is seamless continuity of care. If you do not have a primary care physician, your hospitalist and the Emanuel discharge planner will refer you to a local clinic for follow up care and coordinate treatment with that clinic.

What about my physician bill?
Your hospitalist physician bill will come from the regional administrative office of the Primary Critical Care Medical Group in North Hollywood. If you have questions about your bill, call Primary Critical Care directly (888) 761-3600.

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