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Hospital Medicine

Qualified, experienced physicians coordinating all aspects of your hospital care, 24 hours a day

Hospital Medicine: Overseeing Your Stay

The hospital can be a complex maze of tests, instructions, and confusing locations. But Lee Health employs doctors called hospitalists who are trained to oversee every aspect of a hospital stay and make sure you're getting the care you need at the right time.

Lee Health hospitalists visit with you and your family in your hospital room and create specific care plans that can drastically reduce the length of your stay. Hospitalists order tests and other diagnostics and also prescribe medication. When your stay in the hospital is over, your hospitalist will explain the discharge process and give you instructions for follow-up care. 

Our Services

  • General medical assessment
  • X-rays
  • Blood tests
  • Labs and diagnostics
  • Therapy
  • Consultations
  • Prescriptions
  • Discharge and at-home instructions

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Improving Your Health Care Experience

Connecting with patients, providing inpatient care for acute conditions, reducing the length of your hospital stay, and being available 24/7 - these are just some of the things hospitalists do at Lee Health's acute care facilities.

The Value of a Hospitalist

Hospitalists can improve your health care experience in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing the most up-to-date inpatient care for acute medical conditions
  • Reducing the length of your hospital stay
  • Lowering your hospital costs
  • Increasing the speed of treatment 
  • Enhancing communication with your primary care provider
  • Connecting you with appropriate follow-up resources after discharge
Whether it’s a fall, crash, or sickness, if you’re admitted to the hospital a hospitalist will manage your care. “I explain to them what we’re going to do and what to expect, so it’s really a nice relationship,” said Dr. Cheryl Johnson, a hospitalist with Lee Health. Each day hospitalist Dr. Cheryl Johnson cares for as many as 18 patients hospitalized for different reasons. “We are board certified physicians. Some of us are internal medicine physicians. Some of us are family medicine physicians, some of us are pediatricians. So we all have the same qualifications as your primary care physician, we’ve just chosen to specialize in hospital medicine,” said Dr. Johnson. A hospitalist is a physician that only cares for patients in the hospital, making sure they get the medications, treatments, and specialized care they need before discharging them. Once the patient leaves the hospital, they return to their primary care doctor. “Hospitalists do not have any outside offices. Our whole focus is the hospitalized patient,” said Dr. Johnson. So, during a patient’s hospital stay, hospitalists like Dr. Johnson work with nurses, case managers, and the patient’s family to keep everyone informed of the patient’s care. “I go behind the scenes, and I make sure that your case manager gets you, maybe you need some home health, so I make sure the care manager gets you home health,” said Dr. Johnson. Working seven days in a row helps to ensure that patients maintain the same hospitalist. “The reason we do the seven days is that of most of the time; people are in the hospital anywhere from two to four days on average. So if I admit them, most of the time I can discharge them and then they have the same doctor throughout and that’s our goal,” said Dr. Johnson. Caring for patients while they are in the hospital and creating a plan for their care after they leave the hospital.