HEALTH MATTERS, FEB. 19, 2020: WHAT IS A HOSPITALIST?
You may not be familiar with hospitalists, but these medical professionals help ensure your health is top priority as you or a loved one transitions from a primary care doctor into a hospital setting.
Dr. Robert Shepard from the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences said a hospitalist is a physician who’s dedicated to taking care of patients who are in a hospital.
“In other words they don’t tend to have an office practice,” Shepard said.
When he first meets a patient in the hospital, Shepard said he goes into the room, sits down and lets the patient and their loved ones know he’s there to listen.
Health Matters is produced with the help of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center.