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Hospitalist Services

Our hospitalists create a safer and more effective healing environment for our patients.

Hospital medicine is a fast-growing medical specialty, comprised of physicians whose primary role is to provide comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. These physicians, called hospitalists, help patients through the continuum of hospital care, often seeing patients in the emergency department—and, if admitted, following them into the acute care or critical care unit and organizing post-hospital care.

Hospitalists are board-certified in internal medicine and do not have an outside private practice. Instead they choose to manage the care of hospital inpatients, including those in the intensive care unit. Hospitalists have a host of responsibilities ranging from daily patient monitoring and ordering tests and procedures, to following up on treatment and coordinating care between the hospital, primary care physicians and specialists. Hospitalists also consult with patients and other physicians before and after surgery, creating a safer and more effective healing environment for our patients. 


Northwestern Medicine is proud to offer the expertise of hospitalists, who are available onsite to hospitalized patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Our hospitalists offer services for inpatient care during surgical procedures and medical conditions and illnesses that require hospitalization. 

Additional support provided by our hospitalists include:
  • 24/7 onsite availability to answer medical questions
  • Expertise in hospital care
  • Familiarity with hospital resources, services and departments
  • Help facilitating post-hospital care when patients are discharged
  • Improved quality, continuity and efficiency of care


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