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Regional Medical Center’s team of Hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine physicians who specialize in 24-hour hospital medicine for adult patients who require hospitalization. RMC hospitalists do not maintain a private outside practice, so their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized adult patients.

During hospitalization, RMC’s hospitalists communicate frequently with the patient’s primary care physician. RMC hospitalists will discuss patient history, admission and diagnosis and will make treatment arrangements and appropriate follow-up care plans.

If a patient does not have a primary care physician, RMC hospitalists will manage the patient’s care during hospitalization and will schedule a follow-up visit with a local physician after discharge from the hospital.

For a list of RMC's hospitalists, go to Our Doctors and select Physician Specialty: Hospitalists/Internal Medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hospitalists

When will the doctor see me?

RMC hospitalists are present or on-call for the hospital full time and are available to take care of emergencies 24 hours a day, every day. This on-site advantage offers you prompt scheduling of tests, treatment of your condition and availability of a physician. Hospitalists make rounds according to patient needs, usually between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Can family speak to the hospitalist?

When hospitalists make rounds (7 a.m. until 5 p.m.), family may ask questions about your care at that time, or, for the convenience of your family, a specified conference time may be arranged.

What if I need another specialist during my stay?

RMC hospitalists will refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary. Again, your primary care physician, if you have one, will be informed.

What happens when I’m discharged?

Your care will be transferred to your primary care physician when you are discharged from the hospital. A summary report about your hospitalization, which will include a diagnosis, test results and a treatment plan, will be sent to your primary care physician.