What is a Hospitalist physician?

Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. When a patient does not have a primary care provider or has a primary care provider that doesn't round at the hospital, a hospitalist will lead the medical team by coordinating the patient’s care while they are hospitalized.

I don’t have my own doctor. Will I be cared for by a Hospitalist?

Yes, if a patient does not have a primary care physician or has a primary care physician that rounds at St. Clair hospital and is admitted to St. Clair Hospital, a Hospitalist Physician will serve as the inpatient doctor and will work with the patient care team to organize the best possible care.

Will I see other physicians while in the hospital?

Our Hospitalist Physicians may consult with specialists (such as cardiologists, surgeons or oncologists) to assist in your care if needed.

Will the Hospitalist be talking with my Primary Care Doctor?

Yes, during any hospital stay, our Hospitalist Physicians “partner” with primary care physicians or specialists, keeping them informed of any important events as needed.

Does St. Clair Hospital utilize a patient portal?

Yes, St. Clair Hospital offers patients access to their medical records via the secure patient portal, FollowMyHealth. To learn more about FollowMyHealth, please click on this link.

Do Hospitalists at St. Clair Hospital take care of children?

St. Clair Hospital has a hospitalist pediatrician who specializes in pediatric care on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What if I have a question about my bill?

Please direct all billing questions to our patient resource center at SCMS.patientbillhelp.com or call 1-855-594-8472 to speak with a billing representative.

Who will provide follow up care after I am discharged from the hospital?

Upon discharge from St. Clair Hospital, your hospitalist will provide your primary care physician with the medical information from your hospital stay. At that point, your primary care physician will resume management of your care. If you do not have a primary care physician, the hospital’s discharge coordinators will assist you in establishing care at a primary care office.

How do I get a prescription medication refilled after hospital discharge?

Upon discharge from St. Clair Hospital, your hospitalist will prescribe you a limited supply of any new medications started during your hospital stay. If you require a refill for any medication(s) you were taking prior to your hospital visit or for the new medication(s) prescribed upon discharge, you will need to contact your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, we encourage you to establish care with a St. Clair Medical Services primary care physician today. Click here to search for a new primary care physician.

How do I contact the St. Clair Hospitalist Service?

The St. Clair Hospitalist can be reached at 412-942-4272.