WHAT IS A HOSPITALIST?
Hospitalists are available to care for patients of local physicians who have decided to limit their practices to outpatient medicine, patients with out-of-town physicians and patients who do not have an established primary care physician. Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to the specialized care of hospitalized patients. Dr. Ashraf Mihanni and Dr. Addi Abuelshar are Board Certified in Internal Medicine and see hospitalized patients who have been referred from community primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital. They do not see patients outside of the hospital. The hospitalist manages your course of care throughout your hospital stay, closely monitoring your progress and staying in close touch with you and your doctor.
WHO ARE THE HOSPITALISTS AT JCMH?
Dr. Ashraf Mihanni Dr. Addi Abuelshar
WHEN WILL I SEE MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?
Using a hospitalist physician enables your primary care physician to be more available in the office and allows you to be seen by a doctor that specializes in inpatient medicine while you are hospitalized. You will see your regular doctor soon after discharge from the hospital.
HOW DOES THE HOSPITALIST PROGRAM WORK?
Because they practice solely at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, your hospitalist is never more than a few minutes away. The hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct treatment. You may be seen more than once throughout the day to follow- up on test results and adjust your treatment regimen as necessary. The hospitalist may consult other doctors to participate in your care as well. The hospitalist will arrange for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You will be given instructions regarding follow-up appointments with your primary care doctor or other doctors at discharge. The hospitalist will ensure that your hospital records will be in the hands of your primary care doctor well before your first follow-up visit. Since hospitalists do not have an outpatient practice, you will not have an appointment to see the hospitalist again after discharge. Your hospitalist is available through the hospital operator to you and your family after discharge until your first follow-up appointment with your doctor. You may contact the hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about the hospital stay. The hospitalist charge will be on the bill you receive from the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Physician Billing department.
HOW DOES THE HOSPITALIST KNOW ABOUT ME?
Hospitalists talk to primary care physicians frequently. At the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician calls the hospitalist and informs him of your condition and sends records to provide information about your illness. During the course of your hospitalization, your hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment. At discharge, your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs and arrange follow-up. Your hospital records will be sent automatically to your primary care physician.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?
The Jackson County Memorial Hospital Hospitalists and other staff at the hospital can assist in finding a doctor for you to see when leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician. HOW TO CONTACT US: An important benefit of the hospitalist service is increased availability. Your hospitalist is here to explain and respond in person to you and your family. During critical and stressful moments, your hospitalist will be there to provide timely, honest and considerate answers to all your questions. If you would like to speak with one of the hospitalists while you or a member of your family is in the hospital, ask the nurse caring for you to page the hospitalist.