- Prompt and complete attention to patient care needs including diagnosis, treatment, and the performance of medical procedures (within their scope of practice)
- Employing quality and process improvement techniques
- Collaboration, communication, and coordination with other physicians and health care personnel caring for hospitalized patients
- Safe transitioning of patient care within the hospital, and from the hospital to the community, which may include oversight of care in post-acute care facilities
- Efficient use of hospital and health care resources
A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine. These physicians have expertise in dealing with health conditions generally treated in the hospital. Since Hospitalists do not have a practice outside of the hospital, they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Across the country, there are more than 30,000 Hospitalists practicing in 3,300 large hospitals, and in half of all community hospitals. All RCRH Hospitalists/Nocturnists are trained in internal medicine.
Nocturnists are Hospitalists who only work at night. The main role of a Nocturnist is to admit patients at night and to respond to existing patients concerns throughout the night. Our Nocturnists generally work from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Advanced Practice Clinician
Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed non-physicians. The main role of the CNP or PA is to assist the Hospitalists in the care of inpatients on our service.
Hospitalist Chronic Service
A team of two physicians, one CNP, a social worker, a pharmacist who will care for our patients who have extended inpatient stays. This helps in assisting the appropriate placement for our patients who may need long-term care or special placement after discharge.
For more information about
Hospitalists, visit the
Society of Hospital Medicine website