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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hospitalist?
Roper St. Francis hospitalists are doctors who are board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and specialize in caring for patients in the hospital. We do not have an outpatient practice, but instead we partner with your primary care doctor to provide your care while you are hospitalized.

When will I see my regular primary care doctor?
Your doctor has chosen to partner with the hospitalists to take care of his/her patients when they are sick enough to be admitted to the hospital. During your hospital stay, you will be cared for by the hospitalist team. Our registered nurses will schedule a follow up appointment for you to see your primary care doctor soon after discharge. We will also fax over detailed medical records of your hospital stay so that your primary care doctor can stay well informed.

What are the advantages of hospitalist care?
Because we work exclusively in a hospital setting, your hospitalist is never far away should an emergency arise.  We know and work closely with other hospital specialists and departments. We are available to review test results in a timely manner and adjust your treatment plan throughout the day.

We are present to provide answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, we provide honest and considerate answers and explanations to your questions. We are staffed in all of our hospital locations 24 hours a day, we are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care.

Because we care for your needs in the hospital, your primary care doctor can be with you in the office with fewer interruptions and delays. Your doctor will be able to devote more time to keeping you and your family healthy.

How does the hospitalist know about me?
Your primary care doctor and hospitalist stay in touch. Your doctor will always be notified of your admission to the hospital, and we will request any necessary medical records as well as forward your hospital records to your primary care upon discharge. We are always available to discuss your status with your primary care doctor.

What if I don’t have a primary care doctor?
You will need to see a doctor for follow-up when you leave the hospital. One of the ways your hospitalist team can help you is by sending you to a primary care doctor in your area after discharge. If you do not have a primary care doctor, click here to view or physician directory or call (843) 402-CARE.


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