NORMAN – Please be advised that beginning Friday, November 16, 2012 some additional primary care physicians in the Norman community will transition the treatment of their hospitalized patients to specialized physicians known as “hospitalists.” The hospitalist is specially trained to treat and be responsible for your medical care while you are in the hospital.
In today’s health care environment, primary care physicians need more time providing care in their clinic offices due to the sheer volume of patients and an aging baby boomer population. The addition of electronic health care documentation had also created an additional time burden on these physicians which takes them away from providing patient care. The NRHS hospitalist program, allows these primary care physicians more time to treat patients in their office setting.
There are many advantages with this new type of hospital care being used across our country and here at home, most importantly, more coordinated patient care. Norman Regional Health System began its hospitalist program in 2001 with two specialized physicians. Since that time the program has grown to include nearly a dozen hospital care specialized physicians or “hospitalists.” They practice in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate and ongoing care without delay.
If your primary care physician recommends you be admitted to the hospital, he or she will coordinate your care with one of our hospitalists. Working together your physician will share your medical record and health information so the hospitalist will have full understanding of your current health condition and medical history. The hospitalist will examine you and coordinate all other exams, tests and treatments while you are in the hospital. Upon discharge from the hospital your medical care will transition to your primary physician who will resume the responsibility for your care.
In the rapidly evolving world of health care, hospitalists programs like ours are becoming the model for delivering care to people admitted to the hospital. Norman Regional, its hospitalists and our primary care physicians are dedicated to working as a team to provide patients the best care possible to the community.