Hospitalist Program FAQ

  • What is a Hospitalist?
    The Hospitalist is an acute-care physician who focuses on a patient’s hospital care from time of admission until their discharge.  During that time, they provide a coordinated team of physicians, nurses and support staff that follow a defined process of patient care.  These physicians keep in close contact with your Primary Care physician while managing the entire inpatient episode of care. 

  • Primary Care physicians may choose to refer patients to a Hospitalist to provide inpatient care for them.  Hospitalists may also be asked to provide consultation by surgeons and other specialists.  At Cullman Regional Medical Center, the Hospitalist program is available as a choice for our physicians and patients.

  • Why a Hospitalist?
  • Having Hospitalists on staff is beneficial in many ways.  Hospitalists are immediately available to see hospitalized patients.  When necessary, they may see patients several times a day.  Tests that are performed in the morning can normally be reviewed the same day by the Hospitalist and shared with patients immediately.  Hospitalist patients also benefit from coordinated, timely and efficient care which may result in an earlier discharge for our patients.

  • How Does it Work?
    The Hospitalist program supports your Primary Care physician by allowing him or her to focus on seeing patients in their office.  For a Primary Care physician, one of the most difficult decisions they face is choosing between a full schedule of office patients, or a seriously ill hospitalized patient.  Hospitalists are immediately available and are in contact with Primary Care physicians at admission, discharge and other important times.