Skilled Doctors Playing an Important Role

At Saint Vincent Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to those in our community. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence, our Hospitalist Program plays a critical part in providing you with support in getting the care you need. Hospitalists are doctors whose primary focus is providing general medical care for anyone admitted to our hospital.

What Do Saint Vincent Hospitalists Do?

Hospitalists are responsible for many important tasks, including:


  • Working in partnership with your primary care doctor to coordinate inpatient care
  • Working closely with nurses, ancillary staff and other specialists involved in your care
  • Being familiar with the hospital’s systems for ordering tests, analyzing results and arranging for treatment
  • Being trained to quickly recognize and respond to changes in the patient’s condition
  • Being available at the hospital 24 hours a day, so they can see patients as frequently as their medical conditions require
  • Promptly providing your doctor with a written report of your hospital visit to facilitate any follow-up care you may need


If you do not have a primary care doctor, the Hospitalist team will provide you with a list and arrange your follow-up care.

How Hospitalists Help Primary Care Doctors

Hospitalists practice full-time in the hospital, so they are readily available to help your doctor. When you enter the hospital, a Saint Vincent Hospitalist will immediately begin acting as attending doctor for the length of the hospital stay.

Hospitalists will:


  • Provide prompt admission and treatment
  • Oversee your entire hospital stay to provide quality care
  • Communicate ongoing patient status to your primary care doctor on a timely basis


Daily activities include:


  • Coordinating hospital admissions
  • Arranging diagnostic testing and specialty consultations
  • Explaining findings and discussing recommendations with patients
  • Orchestrating all patient care
  • Providing medical care for patients who need surgical treatment
  • Managing urgent situations that may arise during the hospitalization
  • Reviewing hospital treatment with insurance companies and payers


Career Opportunities

If you’re interested in a career as a Hospitalist at Saint Vincent Hospital, call (508) 363-6849 to learn more.

More Information

Hiking in the Heat

High temperatures can be dangerous. Take these safety precautions if you plan to hike in the heat.

1. Hike early in the morning.

2. Wear sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves and sunglasses.

3. Hike with a friend–or let a friend or family member know where you are and plan to be. 


4. Bring a fully charged cell phone, navigation device, snacks and plenty of water. Turn around when half your water is gone!


5. Some medications can interfere with your body’s ability to cool itself, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses. Talk with your provider about the side effects of your medication and take precautions.


6. Don’t ignore your body–heat-related symptoms include nausea, dizziness and muscle cramps. Take a break, find some shade and consider it is time to head back.

If you experience extreme signs of heat illness, call 911 immediately.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Hiking Society