About Inpatient Medicine
Medical Group of the Carolinas – Inpatient Medicine offers full-time, inpatient hospitalist services at both Spartanburg Medical Center and Pelham Medical Center. Serving the community since 2001, our program is staffed by board certified, internal medicine and/or family medicine physicians specializing in hospitalized, acutely ill patients.
The availability of in-house internists 24 hours a day offers a proven clinical advantage to patients and the medical community. This results in shorter lengths of stay and—more importantly—better quality patient care. The inpatient physicians are able to visit the patients more frequently and discuss a plan of care with the family. The hospitalists’ schedule has been created to provide continuity of care for the patient.
The hospitalist program provides assurance to both physicians and patients that ongoing and immediate care will be provided to patients during a hospital stay.
Medical Group of the Carolinas, primary care physicians and specialists can arrange to have their patients admitted and cared for by the inpatient service. The physicians also evaluate patients with an unexpected change in condition or for an emergency pre-operative clearance.
• Admit and care for patients referred by physicians
• Provide medical consultation to admitted patients
• Transition medical care to the referring physician, who will resume the responsibility for ongoing treatment after a patient’s discharge
Upon a patient’s admission, the primary care physician is notified that his or her patient has been admitted to Spartanburg Regional. At discharge, a member of the hospitalist group will discuss the patient’s discharge medications and other instructions with him or her.
Discharge summaries are faxed to the referring physician’s office so that he or she is aware of the patient’s hospital stay and discharge plans.
Why doesn’t my own doctor take care of me while I’m in the hospital?
With more medical care moving to the outpatient setting, there are greater demands on physicians in their office practices. By using a dedicated team of hospital-based physicians, the delivery of hospital care can be enhanced.
How will my doctor know what has happened during my stay in the hospital?
The hospitalist team will notify your doctor that you have been admitted. Also, the clinical care coordinator may contact his or her office to request information about your history.
Your doctor will be informed of key events that may occur during your hospital stay. Upon discharge, your doctor will receive a summary of your stay, including discharge diagnoses, any medications that have been prescribed and recommended follow-up visits and/or treatments.
Will this make my hospital stay more expensive?
No. The hospitalist physician is acting on behalf of your regular physician.
If my family or I have a question about my care in the hospital, whom should I call?
Your nurse will coordinate with the physician so that you have your questions answered. Your nurse should be your first point of contact regarding your medical care. In addition to your physician and nurse, you also have a case manager as a resource for questions related to discharge, insurance and follow-up care.
What will happen after I’m discharged?
Before you leave the hospital, the follow-up care your hospitalist physician has ordered will be reviewed with you. This includes medications, home health and doctor’s appointments. It is important to follow his or her orders as well as follow up with your
primary care physician once you are discharged.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.