Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who assumes the care of hospitalized patients in the place of the primary care physician. The term "hospitalist" was first introduced in 1996 by R.M. Wachter to describe physicians who devote their time and attention to the care of hospitalized patients.
Will my doctor be taking care of me in the hospital?
Your physician will not actually be caring for you while you are in the hospital. However, he or she will be updated on your care throughout the hospitalization. The primary care physician will also receive a discharge notification focusing on significant hospital events, management decisions, treatment durations and follow up appointments.
How do I get my patient admitted to the hospital?
Admission to the hospital is very quick and easy with our Pediatric Admission/Transfer Hotline. Simply call 504-842-7337.
What are family-centered rounds?
Family-centered rounds are daily bedside rounds consisting of the patient and their family, staff physician, charge nurse, social worker, pharmacist, pediatric residents and medical students. The goal of the rounds is to allow all parties to contribute to the best possible medical care for the patient. While the medical team possesses the technical knowledge to care for the patient, it is the parents and family members who provide the insight which tailors the care to best meet the patient’s needs.
Society of Hospital Medicine: www.hospitalmedicine.org