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Inpatient Specialist

Overview

Sometimes referred to as “hospitalists”, Oaklawn’s inpatient specialists are board certified physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized “inpatients”.  While you are hospitalized, the inpatient specialist will manage your medical condition(s), coordinate with consulting physicians and inform your personal physician about your condition and care.

Our inpatient specialists will work with you and family members to provide medical information and counseling.  The more you and your family know about your illness and treatment, the more you can assist in recovery.

Inpatient Specialists offer many benefits to patients and their families:

  • Inpatient specialists work exclusively in the hospital.  This allows them to be responsive to your medical care and closely monitor patients with serious conditions.
  • By teaming with an inpatient specialist, personal physicians can be more available to their patients in the office setting.

Oaklawn’s inpatient specialist will make sure your personal physician:

  • Is made aware of your admission if your personal physician did not admit you.
  • Is provided with a summary of your hospitalization after you go home.
  • Is provided with a summary of your hospital stay, including lab and other diagnostic tests performed.

Once you are discharged, you will be referred back to your personal physician.  If you need a follow-up appointment with a specialist, or additional testing, it may be set up before you leave the hospital.