Hospital Medicine Program
The Hospital Medicine Program at Southeast Georgia Health System was launched
in August 2009 on the Brunswick Campus. Due to its success, the program
continues to grow, and is now used at our Camden Campus as well.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who works for our Hospital Medicine Program
and specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital.
Hospitalists work exclusively in the hospital and keep a close eye on
patients, making sure they are receiving the correct diagnostic work-up,
appropriate therapeutic treatments and compassionate medical care. Hospitalists
may be supported or assisted in caring for patients by well-trained and
educated physician assistants and/or nurse practitioners. Hospitalists
assist patients through their recovery process by following up on tests
and adjusting treatment plans as necessary throughout their stay. In case
of an emergency, the hospitalist is nearby.
When would I see a hospitalist?
Currently, if you are admitted through either our Brunswick or Camden Campus
Emergency Care Center and do not have a primary care physician, you will
be cared for by a hospitalist. Also, if your primary care physician does
not visit patients in the hospital, or if he or she has established an
agreement with our Hospital Medicine Program, a hospitalist will provide
How will my physician know what happens during my hospitalization?
To ensure you receive the best care possible throughout your hospital stay,
your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician or
specialist. Your primary care physician or specialist will receive copies
of your admission and discharge reports, and will also be contacted if
anything unexpected happens during your stay.
Will I see other physicians while in the hospital?
A hospitalist may consult specialists to assist in your care, if needed.
What happens to my care on weekends and evenings?
Rest assured, your care is our utmost concern. Our hospitalists provide
24-hour inpatient care.
What will happen when I am discharged?
A hospitalist will discuss your discharge medications and other instructions
with you. Your physician will receive a summary of your stay, including
discharge diagnoses, medications that have been ordered or provided, and
recommended follow-up visits or treatments. If you do not have a primary
care physician, you will be referred to one in the community for follow-up care.
What are the benefits to me?
Since our hospitalists do not have outside private practices, you are able
to see them as often as needed while in the hospital and decisions are
made quickly, as situations arise. Treatments are modified and test results
are followed up on immediately. This helps prevent medical complications,
reduce hospital stays and lower costs.
Will I receive a separate bill for hospitalist services?
Yes, hospitalists charge for services rendered just as any other physician.
In addition to your Health System bill, you will receive a separate billing
For questions regarding your billing statement, please call 912-466-5000.
To speak to a hospitalist, please call 912-466-7188
Healthy Partners Articles
A Doctor to Watch Over You
Healthy Partners, Fall 2019
If you are admitted to the hospital these days, you may see a hospitalist
— a relatively new type of physician who focuses on treating acutely
ill patients while they are in the hospital. Southeast Georgia Health
System launched its Hospital Medicine program in 2009.