When you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center, a hospitalist (doctor who is based at the Medical Center) cares for you and manages your treatment. But when you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will direct any follow-up care.
“Before you return home, your hospitalist creates a discharge plan that he or she shares with your primary care physician,” says Michael S. Flaim, DO, hospitalist at Saint Francis. “The discharge plan includes information about the tests and procedures performed while you were in the hospital, medications and any recommendations for further treatment.”
Both your hospitalist and your primary care physician want to ensure your care is seamless. “Your hospitalist likely will recommend that you follow up with your doctor within a few weeks after discharge,” says Flaim.“It is critical that you follow your hospitalist’s instructions so you can avoid returning to the hospital.”
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