Definitions for "Hospitalist"
A hospital-based internist who can be used to assume management of adult admissions from the primary care physician (PCP), freeing the PCP to do more office-based work. Hospitalists act as the hospital gatekeeper, to provide a valuable service by assessing the clinical needs of patients presenting to the emergency room and supervising inpatient care for those patients who are more critically ill, thereby reducing hospital inpatient costs.
a doctor of medicine who specializes in caring for you while you are hospitalized
a doctor who stays at the hospital and cares for patients admitted through the emergency room at night, patients who do not have family doctors and patients whose doctors are out of town, Sweeny Community Hospital Administrator Tony Turk said