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Griffin’s Hospitalist Service

Our hospitalist service provides a dedicated team of physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients. Because hospitalists don’t maintain a private practice outside the hospital, their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients.

Hospitalists manage and coordinate your stay at Griffin Hospital and work with your primary care physician and/or specialists to direct your daily care and answer your questions.

Hospitalist FAQs

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospital inpatients. All Griffin Hospitalists are Board Certified in internal medicine.
A resident is a doctor who is completing his/her training under the supervision of your hospitalist or primary care physician. Because Griffin Hospital is a teaching hospital, you will likely be seen by residents as well as your attending hospitalist.
An intern is a doctor who, like a resident, is completing his/her training under the supervision of your hospitalist or primary care physician. Interns are residents in their first year of training following completion of medical school. Because Griffin Hospital is a teaching hospital, you will likely be seen by interns as well as your attending hospitalist.
Many primary care physicians refer their patients to a hospitalist when their patients are sick enough that they can no longer be cared for on an outpatient basis. During your hospital stay, you will be seen by a hospitalist. Your primary care doctor will resume his/her care soon after your discharge from the hospital.
Your hospitalist will request a visit by a specialist if needed during your hospital stay. The specialist will work with you, your hospitalist, and your primary care doctor to develop your treatment plan.

Your hospitalist and primary care physician will be in contact during your stay and will discuss your discharge plans, including additional treatment needs, follow-up care, and prescribing medications.

A summary of your hospital records will be sent to your primary care doctor, who will most likely want to see you for a follow-up visit soon after discharge.