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Valley’s board-certified hospitalists are an important link between you and your primary care doctor. Our hospitalist physicians and advanced practice nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat and coordinate care for inpatients at The Valley Hospital.
Hospitalists treat inpatients exclusively and do not have office-based practices in the community. They maintain a presence in a hospital around the clock. Their “office” is really the hospital – it’s the single location where they care for patients.
The Valley Approach to Hospitalist Care
Hospitalists work in concert with a patient’s private internist, family practitioner or specialist. Hospitalists care for their patients from the time of an emergency or scheduled admission through to the time of discharge from the hospital. Hospitalists also rotate call schedules in the emergency room and are available as medical consultants to all of Valley’s surgeons.
In addition to providing highly skilled care, Valley's hospitalist team offers patient support and information, as well as assistance with scheduling patients' follow-up care after their discharge from the hospital. This attention to patients' medical needs helps to reduce hospital readmissions.
For patients, the benefits of being cared for by a hospitalist include an improved continuum of care, easy access to a provider if there are questions to be answered, and receiving medical evaluation and treatment by a board-certified provider.
Valley’s hospitalists treat patients with many types of problems, including cardiac, gastrointestinal, pulmonary and critical conditions. They also care for women with pregnancy-related complications and those who have just given birth. For patients who are scheduled for surgery, hospitalists perform pre-surgical medical clearances, care for patients during hospitalization, and do their post-surgical discharge care. Hospitalists also treat patients being cared for in the hospital's Clinical Decision Unit.