What is a Hospitalist?

While your primary care physician typically is the “hub” of your healthcare management in everyday life, a hospitalist will manage your care while you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center. A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who only treats patients in the hospital.

“Hospitalists are experts at caring for complicated hospitalized cases, because we see those kinds of patients every day,” says Gretchen E. Price, DO, hospitalist at Saint Francis. “We are available to talk to your family members, Price_Gretchenfollow up on tests and handle any problems that arise.”

When you are hospitalized, you may be under the care of several different specialists. Your hospitalist organizes the communication between your different physicians and ensures coordination of care. “When you leave the hospital, we make sure your primary care physician knows exactly what care you received while you were here,” says Price.

For more information, call 573-331-3996.