Hospitalist Program at Avera St. Luke's
Integrating care between you, your physician and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.
What is a hospitalist?
Avera hospitalists represent an emerging new specialty in medicine where physicians are available to provide exclusive care for patients for the duration of their hospital stay. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine and whose primary professional focus is in the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to hospital care.
Hospitalists care for patients the same way your regular, or primary care, physician would. They order treatments, testing and consult with specialists as needed. With developments in your care a hospitalist will keep your primary care physician updated and provide when with a summary of your stay upon your discharge. This enables your primary care physician to be more available to you in the clinic setting.
How does hospitalist care work?
The hospitalist will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. They are available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care.
The hospitalist will also make arrangements for any prescriptions you need upon discharge. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care doctor or other doctors soon after discharge. Since hospitalists do not have an outpatient practice, you will not have an appointment to see them again once you leave Avera St. Luke’s. However, you may contact the hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.
Why a hospitalist?
Because Avera St. Luke’s has full-time hospitalists, they are available for patient care, admissions and emergencies.
Studies indicate hospitalist services can decrease length of hospital stays and lower readmission rates, which is why Avera St. Luke’s is pleased to make this specialty care available.