Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my hospital physician?
Your hospital physician, or hospitalist, is a board-certified internist who devotes his or her practice to the care of hospitalized patients. They see hospitalized patients who have been referred from primary care doctors, emergency room doctors, or other physicians at the hospital. They do not see patients outside the hospital.
What are the advantages of using a hospitalist?
Many primary care doctors use hospitalists to take care of their hospitalized patients. This gives you the benefit of being cared for by a physician who is entirely focused on the care and safety of hospitalized patients, and who is available in the hospital throughout the day. Additionally, this enables your primary care doctor to be more available to you in their office.
Who else is part of my care team?
Englewood Hospital has an Internal Medicine Residency Program as well as medical students who are often part of the healthcare team. The medical residents are physicians who have completed their medical school training and are preparing for certification in internal medicine. Our hospitalists have an active role in teaching and supervising the residents and students to ensure humanistic, high-quality care. Patients often benefit from the extra effort and attention provided by residents and students.
How will my hospitalist and primary care physician work together?
Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to your hospital physician, and the two doctors can discuss any significant findings or events during your hospitalization. At the time of your admission and discharge, your hospital physician will provide a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that can be sent to your primary physician. When you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care doctor.
What if I don’t have a primary care physician?
We will refer you to a local primary care physician or to a local clinic.
How do I contact my hospital physician?
If you would like to speak to one of the hospitalists while you are in the hospital, please ask your nurse to page the doctor. After being discharged, you may reach us by phone at 201-894-3364.
Please address correspondence to:
Section of Hospital Medicine
350 Engle Street, LLO 256
Englewood, NJ 07631