Emergency Care Physician-SCH Hospitalist

Sparta Community Hospital is pleased to contract with MEDS to provide physicians who are specialists in emergency medicine. These physicians are independent practitioners and are neither employees nor agents of Sparta Community Hospital. The Emergency Department physicians are available 24 hours a day to provide emergency medical care. During daytime hours, MEDS also provides Nurse Practitioners who are dedicated to providing inpatient Hospitalist services. These Nurse Practitioners work in collaboration with one of Sparta Community Hospital's physicians.

If you are admitted as an inpatient, we work directly with your personal physician who can authorize the Hospitalist to provide in-patient hospital care to you. The Hospitalist is available to direct your care and meet with you and your family in the hospital each day.

The SCH Hospitalist is there when your doctor can't be

Hospitalist Medicine is another way a hospital leverages the strength of a team approach to provide more integrated, patient-focused care. A hospitalist is a doctor who is dedicated solely to the care and treatment of hospitalized patients. Hospitalist is typically board certified in internal medicine, family medicine or an emergency room physician.

The hospitalist physician manages the care of a patient while he/she is in the hospital. A hospitalist, working alongside highly experienced nurses, technicians, pharmacists, discharge planners, and other medical professionals will attend to the needs of a patient throughout his/her hospital stay. From diagnostic testing and recovery to discharge, the hospitalist team ensures the best care every step of the way.

FAQs about Hospitalist Medicine

Q: Why is a hospitalist caring for me?

A: Your Quality Healthcare Physician has requested that the SCH hospitalist be in charge of your care during your hospital stay. You have the benefit of being seen by a doctor and nurse practitioner who works at the hospital full time to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise.

Q: What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician?

A: The two doctors work together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the two providers can discuss any significant findings and coordinate your admission and discharge.

Q: What can I expect from the hospitalist?

A: The hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. The SCH hospitalist is available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. Your hospitalist may consult with other doctors (specialists) to participate in your care as needed.

Q: Who is in charge of my care once I'm discharged from the hospital?

A: Your Quality Healthcare Physician will resume caring for you once you've left the hospital. Your SCH hospitalist will, if necessary, write prescriptions and arrange tests prior to your follow-up visit with your doctor. Your complete hospital record is available to your QHP doctor; and your hospitalist will be available to answer any questions that you or your doctor might have about your hospital stay.

Q: What if I don't have a primary care physician?

A: Our team works with 1DOC (a service of Sparta Community Hospital) in finding a doctor for you to see for follow-up care after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.