Division of Hospital Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital
The clinical staff at the Division of Hospital Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital cares for more than a quarter of all medical admissions. Hospitalists are part of the Lenox Hill Hospital’s core-teaching faculty and play a major role in resident education. They also work to improve the quality of care by carefully adhering to evidence-based guidelines and practicing closely with nurses, case managers, social workers and additional ancillary staff. They are present on many hospital committees and work directly with all departments at the institution.
What is a hospitalist?
The hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Just like a primary care doctor, hospitalists train in internal medicine. However, because hospitalists do not work outside the hospital, they can focus all their attention on their inpatients.
The hospitalist manages a patient’s course of care by coordinating and consulting treatments with specialists who speak with the patient’s primary care doctor. Hospitalists also monitor a patient’s progress and maintain communication with the patient, their family and physicians.
How does the hospitalist work with my doctor?
Because primary care doctors spend most of the day in their office, he or she cannot always be at their patient’s bedside when emergencies or concerns arise. For many patients and physicians, working with a hospitalist is a win-win proposition. Using a hospitalist team enables a primary care physician to be more available to their patient in the office after discharge. When patients are admitted into Lenox Hill Hospital, primary care doctors are able to communicate with hospitalists about the patient’s condition. This allows primary care doctors to transfer management of a patient’s care to Lenox Hill Hospital physicians.
During the patient’s stay, the hospitalist develops a plan with the patient’s primary care doctor, who is updated regularly on his or her patient’s progress. Before a patient is discharged from the hospital, the hospitalist consults the primary care physician to plan the patient’s future care. This two-way communication between the hospitalist and a patient’s primary care doctor enables a smooth transfer of care when patients return home.
How can the hospitalist benefit me?
A patients access to a hospitalist is similar to having his or her personal doctor at their bedside. The hospitalist is available to answer questions throughout the day for the patient or family members. The hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital, ensuring timely follow up of treatments. This results in high quality care for all patients.
Is the hospitalist always available?
Hospitalists are full-time at Lenox Hill Hospital without competing outside demands.
What if my family has questions?
An important benefit of the hospitalist service is increased availability. Hospitalists respond in person to patients and their family. During stressful moments, a hospitalist will provide timely answers to questions.
What happens when I leave the hospital?
For more information or assistance post-discharge, please call 212-434-2140 from 8am to 4pm, or after hours at 212-434-5858. The hospitalist will assist in providing a seamless transition when patients leave the hospital.
The hospitalist will also send a patient’s hospital records and necessary documentation to the patient’s primary care doctors before the first follow up visit. If a patient does not have a primary care physician, the hospitalist will aid in making appropriate arrangements.
Sherri L. Sandel, DO
- Associate Chief - as well as Assoc Prog Dir for Int Med of Medicine - General Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
- Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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