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Hospitalist service

New Britain General campus: (860) 224-5661 #3

Hospitalists are attending physicians board-certified in internal medicine who specialize in treating hospitalized patients. Hospitalists transfer care to patients' primary care providers after discharge.

Many community physicians trust The Hospital of Central Connecticut's hospitalists to provide excellent care for their patients at the New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut's hospitalists work on the medical floors, covering days, evenings and weekends. A number serve as the principal physician educators of residents in the University of Connecticut Primary Care Residency Program.

How the service works

If you use the Hospitalist Service, one of our hospitalists will care for your patients. If you do not have admitting privileges at the hospital, your patient will automatically be cared for by the Hospitalist Service.

Your patient's hospitalist will communicate regularly with you about the patient's condition and treatment. You will be notified of your patient's discharge and given information he/she needs for follow-up care.

What we offer:

  • High-quality, compassionate inpatient care at both campuses
  • Comprehensive coverage of hospitalized patients, 24/7
  • Complete admission, follow-up and discharge services
  • Perioperative medicine consultation on patients undergoing surgery at HCC
  • Attending MD available to be at the bedside 8 a.m.-10 p.m., multiple times if needed
  • Close coordination with nurses, midlevel practitioners, care coordinators, and University of Connecticut School of Medicine residents
  • Personal notification of primary care physician on change in patient status (critically ill, major surgery, death) and on admission or discharge, when appropriate

Hospitalist Benefits

Because they're hospital-based, hospitalists can be at patients' bedsides more quickly if problems arise and are more readily available to communicate with patients and families.

Primary care physicians can avoid traveling back and forth from the hospital. They can focus more on outpatient care at their practices and are regularly updated about their inpatients by the hospitalists.

Admission and discharge forms are faxed to primary care physicians within 24 hours. Discharge summaries are mailed within 24 hours (for patients who will be seen by their PCP within 48 hours) or three to four days for patients who are to see their physicians within one to two weeks.

Testimonials

"I'm very pleased with the Hospitalist Service, particularly the communication. I appreciate being updated when my patient is admitted and discharged, and especially being contacted when there is a significant event during the hospitalization. My outpatients appreciate the fact that I'm more available - I can see them the day they want to be seen."

- Camillo Echanique, MD, Central Connecticut Primary Care

"My patients are very pleased with the care provided by the hospitalists. My work has improved significantly and I can focus more on my outpatients."

- Michael Honor, MD, Grove Hill Medical Center.