Pennock Patients
Hospital Medicine

Spectrum Health Pennock Hospitalists offer continuity of care from hospital, back to your primary care physician. A Spectrum Health Pennock Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of patients who have been admitted to the Hospital. Hospitalists assume the care of hospitalized patients on behalf of the patient’s primary care physician. They devote all of their professional time to the care of the hospitalized patients and they do not see patients outside the Hospital.

When you are admitted at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital you will receive delivery of care that is considered national best practice for standard of care, but not necessarily typical for a hospital our size. As of fall of 2011, Spectrum Health Pennock instituted a hospitalist program and now employs physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners whose sole focus is to care for patients who are hospitalized. They assume the care on behalf of the patients’ primary care physicians and devote all of their professional time to the hospitalized patients. If you are not seen by a hospitalist it is because your personal physician is there to care for you. All of our physicians are focused on continuity of care, to get you back


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Why Is a Hospitalist Caring For Me?



Your primary care doctor, an emergency doctor, or another specialist has referred you to a Hospitalist at Spectrum Health Pennock Health Services. Hospitalists are trained to care for hospitalized patients. An assigned Hospitalist is available - 24 hours a day, seven days a week – to respond to your medical needs and to answer any questions that you or your family may have.

How Does the Hospitalist Practice Work?

The Hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct your treatment while you are in the hospital. This doctor is available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The Hospitalist works at the hospital full-time to provide for your care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. The Hospitalist may consult other doctors to participate in your care as well. The Hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care doctor or with other doctors soon after discharge.

*Hospitalists do not have an outpatient practice; you will not see them outside the Hospital.

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