To meet the needs of our patients, Medical Center Enterprise (MCE) offers hospitalized patients access to doctors around the clock while allowing private-practice physicians more time to see patients in their offices.
It is called a Hospitalist Program, and with it, MCE has physician specialists called "Hospitalists." These medical doctors specialize in the evaluation and treatment of hospitalized patients. The program employs physicians and practitioners who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide ongoing and immediate care to hospitalized patients.
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A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Just like your primary care doctor, hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other specialties. However, because Hospitalists do not maintain outside clinics, they can focus all their attention on your medical care inside the hospital.
The Hospitalists are a small group of specialists who cover this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because no one person could do this alone, they work as a team, so you may see more than one Hospitalist during your stay. All of the Hospitalists are in close contact with one another.
Your primary care physician may ask the Hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are in the hospital. The Hospitalist will visit you on a daily basis and will be in constant contact with your regular physician. They will work together as a team to help you get the best possible care.
Faster Admissions - Hospitalists work closely with your physician and the Emergency Department, as well as ancillary service departments in the hospital, to ensure that the admission process is not only quick, but also thorough.
Hospitalist physicians will see you at least once a day, and more if needed. This is the best time to ask any questions about your medical care. Your family will be contacted if there are changes in your condition. Family members can contact the Hospitalists through the nursing unit. We request that one family member be designated as the contact person and that multiple family members not call frequently.
No. Patients retain their primary care provider. The Hospitalists' time is dedicated to inpatients and they do not accept outside patients.
The MCE Hospitalist, and other staff at the hospital, can assist you in finding a doctor after you leave the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.
Prior to your discharge from the hospital, the Hospitalist will consult with your doctor to plan your future course of care. This allows for a smoother transition of the management of your care back to your doctor. You need to follow through with your discharge instructions, including making necessary appointments with your own physician.
400 North Edwards Street
Enterprise, AL 36330